I’ve been preparing for my Lecture-Recital for a while now. This week, as I’ve tried to put together the finite details of my performance, I’ve tried to step away from the technical details of the works that I’ll be performing (Anton Reicha’s Variations for bassoon and string quartet, and an American premier of Johan Dotzauer’s VIII Variations for bassoon and orchestra), and focus on the extra-musical and emotional effect that each variation is trying to tell. Or is it rather: What I’m trying to tell the audience through the music?
A good friend posted a TED talk on Facebook featuring the brilliant percussionist Evelyn Glennie. She discusses how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. As a performer, I learned that creating music is much more than simply putting the correct combination of fingers down at the right time with the proper breath support. This is just what I needed. (Thanks Cassandra!!!)
Here is her talk. It is worth the time to listen.