samedi 11 octobre 2008

Le chef d'orchestre: le CERVEAU derrière l'exécution

Excellent post sur le forum de Steve Hoffman. La question étant:
jusqu'à quel point le chef d'orchestre marque une interprétation de son empreinte. Voici une réponse éclairante:

In classical music, everything is a matter of interpretation.
From the dynamics to the tempo to the orchestral balance everything needs interpretation. For instance, let's take a hypothetical piece where the tempo is marked as allegro meaning "quick" or "cheerful".
How do we understand quick? It is quick enough for you and me?
Then the same piece is marked piano meaning softly. But again, what is the definition of soft?
So the conductor will offer his own PERSONAL interpretation on the above but not only those.
His performance needs to reflect the spirit and the intentions of the composer, something that takes years of studying but also a great level of intuition.
In a nutshell, the conductor is everything.
The orchestra of course needs to be able to materialize the conductor's vision, but without him, the orchestra is a body without a head or a brain.

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