Big discussion yesterday about the quality of concert listening these days.  My friend maintains that people really do pay attention.  My feeling is rather that they are listening for the performer to produce what they have already heard on a recording of the piece, whatever it is.  As an audience member I am sensitive to this quality of listening, and to the quality of performance that plays to that expectation of conformity to the already-heard.  If I hear that I leave.
We live in a climate of noise that has to be tuned out in order to converse, to think.  Too often that noise masquerades as music.



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