Category Archives: Performance

Now from a jury member at an international competition. . .

I know that I promised mirror neurons in the next post, but we have the following from someone who has not only won a major international competition but has also served as a member of the jury at an international competition.  Paavali Jumppanen is an internationally-known Finnish pianist, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2001.  He sent the following in response to the first “listening or watching” post.

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Are you listening or watching? part II

SimonI hate to admit it, but I played the electronic game Simon for years before I realized it was possible to play it by the colors, not by the pitches.  I knew the red, blue, yellow, and green buttons each corresponded to a certain pitch and flashed when that pitch sounded, but it simply never occurred to me to remember the sequences by color.  For me, the game wasn’t visual, it was auditory – I memorized the pitch sequences.  I still remember my amazement when I learned that it could be played by color, not sound. Continue reading

Are you listening to the music – or watching the performer?

Imagine being Brahms in 1889 and being the first composer/performer to be able to hear a recording of your own playing, as well as hearing your own voice.  Granted, the quality of the wax cylinder was terrible, but hearing a piano performance coming from a machine, rather than producing it yourself or seeing it being produced by another person, must have felt a bit disembodied.  Music, after all, had always been about a person using movement to create sound. Continue reading