I am intrigued to see that an Italian pianist, Roberto Prosseda, has toured with a pianist robot, TeoTronica, for purposes of performance comparison. (see video below) I am reminded of an old Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, where Data (an Android who is constantly pursuing the elusive emotions of humanity), attempts music performance. The result is technically proficient, but Data is told he lacks "soul" .
With my students, I emphasize expression through dynamics, tempo, and hand/body movements to match the underlying intent of the composers. Of course, this instruction is simplified for younger players, but the more sophisticated students appreciate and exemplify this idea of interpretation. This session (Jan-Mar, 2019), we explore just that as students not only learn pieces, but ABOUT the pieces: the composer, the culture, history, personal lives, themes, and emotions involved in their compositions.
I hope to post various performances which show the potentially technically flawed, but full of SOUL music I find online. (LOVE YouTube!) I also am promoting various local performances, including
Roberto Prosseda, who will be at Aquinas College this month. February 16 at 3 pm.
If my readers come across a particularly moving performance, please share in comments, or send me a link in an email: email@example.com