Many aspects of music are intensified when more than one player is involved in the performance.  It is almost as if each player wants more from the others and also from her-himself.  I heard such playing last night, especially from a quintet of four strings plus clarinet: four completely different personalities, all excellent players, but one with more experience, therefore more courage than the others.  And this was the violist! - the musician who is the least likely to lead in such a group.

No longer able to play chamber music in public I am acutely aware of dialogue.  It brings home how difficult it is to make solo playing a conversation between not just listener and player, but in a larger sense, between composer and player.  This is probably hardest of all as it entails diving in, getting below the surface of the notes.


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