The Art of Practicing: From Concept to Sound
A lecture by Frank Lévy
Practicing can be perceived as lonely and even tedious at times if one simply repeats the same passage over and over again in an identical manner. But if one practices concepts, then practicing becomes thinking. In this lecture, we will discuss how to find the articulation, phrasing, tempo and technique required to best transform one’s concepts into sound.
Is there an order or sequence that is ideal to best achieve results? Should one start purely conceptually or by solving the technical issues, such as fingering? Does phrasing precede fingering or should one solve technical issues independently of their phrasing? Are these the only two options available? Are meanings and means inseparable or do they deserve separate attention? Is the meaning of a piece contained in the score or in the way we interpret it?
This lecture-demonstration intends to explore different philosophical attitudes towards music, practicing and performance.