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Saturday, June 21, 2008

One more concert series down

Performance is full of highs and lows.

Weeks on end of long rehearsals can be a low, but the performances themselves are one heck of a high. Tonight's performance of Verdi's Requiem was no exception. Even though a requiem is by definition a mass for the dead, it also has many moments of absolute transcendence and much meaning for the living - we ask God for His mercy, eternal peace for the deceased, and we sing His praise. Mozart's Requiem is still my favorite of those compositions I've heard, but Verdi's is absolutely amazing.

Of course, one of the lows comes right after performance -- when you've expended the energy and lost the adrenaline high...but you at least know you've done well, and the content of the music does much to keep that high going.

That brings something else to mind, based mostly on something someone said to me this past week on what they believed (or rather didn't believe) in. You know, I really don't know how people who don't truly believe what the words mean are able to give as much of themselves to such a performance as the composition requires. This is not to say that they aren't capable of performing it , but does the meaning of the words therein turn them off in some fashion? I know that there are pieces (such as the Ave Maria, for example) that I do not perform as well as I might simply because I have a problem with some of the meaning behind the words, and perhaps my performance of those pieces is the poorer for it. How much harder is it, then, for the people who don't believe at all the entire basis of the choral work? Does that affect also how much you get out of it in the end - less of the adrenaline rush, less of that frisson of amazement at the end? Or is the verbal content unimportant or irrelevant to some? There are pieces that I will not perform because I disagree with the meaning of the work, but that is a personal choice - does it make me less of a performer that I make that choice?

Well, enough of the heavy thinking -- I am way overdue for some sleep...


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