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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Noa Kageyama on Challenging Tradition

Andrew Hitz

Here is an excerpt from a highly recommended read by Dr. Noa Kageyama of The Bulletproof Musician on challenging tradition:

Leon Fleisher once told a student (who was being a little too faithful to their favorite recording) to disregard every recording they had ever heard. And instead, to look at the score with fresh eyes. To actually play what was written in the score without being influenced by tradition and interpretations of interpretations of interpretations. He said that when we play what is actually in the score, we might be surprised to discover that it’s not the piece that we thought it was. That perhaps, we never really knew the piece at all.

Great artists, curve-jumping innovators, and visionary game-changers seem to be able to stand on the shoulders of those who came before them, yet somehow also unbind themselves from the constraints or limitations of others’ ways of thinking and forge new paths.

You really ought to read the entire article and subscribe to his feed.  It is fantastic.