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Topic: Which is more important?  (Read 2722 times)

Offline kitloong

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Which is more important?
on: September 03, 2003, 11:38:07 AM
Which comes first?
1. Conception of the piece, Understanding of Music, Style, Inner Feeling.

or

2. Technique.

Offline pskim

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Re: Which is more important?
Reply #1 on: September 03, 2003, 12:42:54 PM
Without technique, you won't be able to know the Conception of the piece, Understanding of Music, Style, Inner Feeling.

As Hans von Bulow told his students, there are three things that pianist must have:
1.  technique
2.  technique
3.  TECHNIQUE!!

Offline eddie92099

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Re: Which is more important?
Reply #2 on: September 03, 2003, 05:32:08 PM
No.1 is infinitely more important,
Ed

Offline Hmoll

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Re: Which is more important?
Reply #3 on: September 03, 2003, 08:00:03 PM
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Without technique, you won't be able to know the Conception of the piece, Understanding of Music, Style, Inner Feeling.

As Hans von Bulow told his students, there are three things that pianist must have:
1.  technique
2.  technique

3.  TECHNIQUE!!



Well, I rarely disagree with pskim, and I'm certainly not going to disagree with Herr von Bulow.
You can have a wonderful conception of a piece, understanding of it's style, and structure, and loads of inner feeling, but without adequate technique, you won't be able to communicate any of that.
So, technique should be a primary consideration with the following cautions:

1) Always remember that technique is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end - that end being a musical interpretation.
2) It is unwise to totally seperate the technical from the musical when learning a piece. In other words, I hear a lot of people who learn a piece fairly well technically, and then go back and work on the musical interpretive aspects as an after thought.
"I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me!" -- Max Reger

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Re: Which is more important?
Reply #4 on: September 04, 2003, 11:45:44 AM
Hmoll, you are always great with words.  I really envy that.  And yes, I should have expanded my expression for why technique is important but you have already done a better job than I could have.  That is exactly what I meant by importance of technique.  I think we can be great friends.   ;D
 

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