#211: Into and Out Of Chopin

March 8, 2007

Audio link: 8 March 2007

I think often about what basically all artists out of the classical ghetto do when they re-perform an old classic. They are expected to have their own take on it, a new arrangement, a new feel for the song, and most importantly re-cast the melody with their own inclinations and improvisations. Classical musicians too are expected to provide their interpretation, provided it leaves every note and score marking untouched, an utterly arbitrary boundary completely unheard of in, say, Chopin’s time.

This is a bit more how I like to go about playing Chopin, weaving in and out of Chopin’s wellspring while taking time to chase down some of my own reactions and ideas.

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