Saturday, September 26, 2015

What is interpretation in music

We come to one of the most important and interesting topics in classical music. Interpretation. "I like this version better. It's slower and brings out the melody" or "I love how fast and jazzy this sounds".

And there's no need for any theory. The selected music is that powerful. It will add to your music wisdom! A hundred percent.

You know about interpretations, of course you do. Remember your favourite song, and then remember the covers of the same song; some of them have
acoustic versions or slow or fast versions. You prefer some versions to others, and some are simply indigestible.

Understanding interpretations will fuel your imagination. It's the best gift for your brain. You can enjoy the same composition differently.
It'd be like whizzing past a scenic summer road or driving slowly; either decision will give you ample pleasure for the duration of the journey.

We will cover the topic again going over the various aspects. Loud violins vs loud timpani, too fast or too slow.

What we really need to do in this story is to listen.

We'll simply listen to this most marvellous composition by W F Bach. Here are two versions of the same, of eight and thirteen minutes.

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The differences are absolutely notable. There are parts in the the thirteen minute version full of pathos as the violins linger over the tune. That same tune is snazzy in the eight minute version.

There is no way you can miss the differences. And this is a great start to understanding interpretations. The starting minute of the two pieces will give you an idea of how 'speed' can define the same music, differently. I recommend highly training your ear and mind to the stupendousness of this music. 

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