We all know what it is like to work on a piece of music for a long period of time. Sometimes we get it right, the notes, the phrasing, and then give a good performance, but for some reason it never has that ethereal quality a professional performer gets in their performance. We may chalk that up to talent, but it isn’t. It is a continued quest well past initial performances. As technical and interpretive elements continue to be refined other elements come to the fore and are refined as well. Do enough of this and you can sound ethereal too. It just takes time.
Where You At?
You are in a different place than the pro that made the recording.
When you learn a piece you probably play it once in some sort of big performance. Perhaps you perform it a few times, but that is it. Then, at best, it sits in the back of your repertoire to be used at weddings for background music. Usually it is not played again until resurrected for some reason or another. Even though you may get all of the notes right it does not have that ‘special’ sound that concert artists do, does it?
When a pro performer learns a piece she plays it in concert night after night.
Only the audience at the first concert hears the first public performance, which occurs after learning the piece and after many mock performances by the performer, and that comes after many other real performances of other works in other years. [Read More…]