Miroslav talks about his creative process how looking at beautiful nature helps him to hear music and why it is important to share wisdom with younger generation.
For me, music is a great enrichment in my life, but it is not the purpose of my life. I don't want to be unilaterally aimed in my life. To be satisfied I need more interests with rich spectrum of segments of my life. I want to live a high-quality and balanced life and that do well. It is true that my hobby is Opera singing, and that I am performing on the concert stages as a professional opera singer. I'm also a composer to my enjoy. My profession is piano pedagogue devoting much time to my disciples. My life is far broader in scope.
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
I agree. The music is a basic need of human beings developing its many grace pages. In addition, from the perspective of the composer and artist, music is an important media outlet of emotions, moods, emotional experiences and ideas of mind, but also often a picture of human nature itself. Music can express even very subtle shades of it all of it in very different ways. However, if this will be expressed elegantly, sensitively and correctly, then the listener will be truthfully to perceive, or even the experience and will be in the storyline of musical picture. So it is any imagined “music video”, which I strongly prefer. Music is a form of painting art for me. The canvas is in the music of the imaginary allowing music to paint the vivid 3D colored images that get stuck into its space its audience. Yes, all of it needs strong imagination.
If were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
I am a professional musician – an opera concert singer and piano teacher, but not piano virtuoso. I am convinced that in today's challenging time cannot be done within a single scope quite well everything, as it was in past centuries: to devote himself fully to teaching and at the same time provide good concert activity as a performer, which requires a lot of time on the study of the repertory.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
Classical music audience is getting older, but I'm not worried about my future. On the one hand, I am devoting to the classical music primarily because what brings me. On the other hand, I cheerfully present to those who love its beauty. The quality of my interpretation and teaching, on whose methodology I've worked for about 10 years, I want to get more people as its new audience. Thanks to my activities, children, young people, adults even old ones who didn´t previously perceived any relationship to music, come to appreciate the music art. My goal is to bring others an eternal and pure beauty of the music art in comprehend and simple form. I built up a simple and highly effective methodology for piano playing that enchant both children and adults allowing them to learn the piano playing of high quality without having to self- practice at home. Thus they are not who are learning itself. I am who teaching them and they feel own progress on each lesson which is strongly motivated for them. Focusing on faithful and sensitive interpretation of the vivid musical picture from the beginning, they are excited.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
Classical music has a timeless beauty. However the avant-garde goes on searching the ways.
When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
Not a face like the face. Some face likes to everyone, other´s not. Another face is nice sometimes or only to the some ones. However, if any face has noble features and its natural beauty, is very attractive for many people. So it should be even with the music. Music should not be just for some experts. Should be important the genuine music must be attractive for a broad audience with their beauty making happiness it understandable, clear and profound artistic quality. Like a face that has noble features and natural beauty is very attractive for many people, this kind of music should to have its face. Such music was often composed by W.A. Mozart. It is characterized by its austerity and imaginative beauty in a wide range and extremely high artistic and compositional precision and logic. In its time, W.A. Mozart brought a new face to the world of music, even if it helped him Joseph Haydn´s and Josef Mysliveček´s example. However his music was apart from their music, different, unheard.
As another example is the face of music C. Debussy. Millions of audience admires his sophisticated, simple and colorful live musical images till today. A common feature of both examples is simple and timeless beauty, varied and high quality of the musical arts. When music of 21th century will gain the face of such traits, what more could to want?
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative?
I'm sure. Of course, it has to be creativity, which is characterized by high artistic levels.
Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Creativity plays a key role as in my composer's work, as well as in the interpretation of the music of the image, which I teach.
Do you think that we musicians we can something to attract the young generation to classical music concerts?
Quality and clarity of the beauty of true musical art can deeply engage that young people, and by its promotion. It would be a fundamental project. But it would have been difficult project for many years, built on the principles above.
How will you proceed?
On that project would have to work everyone. An individual on this is not enough. This project should be start with
in case of every child from the blanket at home. But it is not possible to expect that every parent can do it, or it will do correctly. The young generation then grows in the school. But it is not possible to expect on every music teacher of the elementary school to be such musician that he will usefully operate with that aim within the lesson plans and curricula this project systematically and wisely to fulfill in hours of musical education. A lot depends on the ways of teachings and on the choice of music samples, on the comments to them, in addition how such teacher can pupils to enthuse and successfully motivate them. Depends on the willingness of purposefully to organize as follows-oriented concerts and with children is attending too. The art to effectively and engagingly teach is a rare gift that does not have any teacher, or each musician. It also depends on the promotion of a beautiful and meaningful music in wide sense of the word.
If we get the young ones to the concert hall, much depends on the program of the concert and on the interpret too. Interpret has now heavy responsibility towards each of the listeners in the audience, whether they are young or not. He becomes a teacher of art for them, who can fundamentally influence their attitude to music, he is the one who each of them be able to get back (or not) soon enough to come to the concert hall. There for the next interpret awaiting a heavy challenge as well. Will he do it?
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
I leave in myself act visual imaginations so that creates in me a vivid picture, then it adds itself aural imagination of it so that arises a music picture. Then I write it down to the score.
Once I got the picture-bookmark. There on it was a quietly flowing river with beautiful tall slender trees along both its banks. As I was looking at the picture, suddenly I heard in myself quietly flowing alternating tones. Looking at those beautiful trees on the bank along the quiet river I started to heard a quiet and yet majestic arpeggios. When I stared at the calm surface it occurred to me how interesting would be to turn such calm surface of water to the wild waterfalls falling deeply down. A little bit of fantasy and "Waterfalls" have been in the world!
We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
I warmly agree with such excellent approach.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
Every young one observes himself/herself, recognizes himself/herself and the things around him/her and feels their quality. We, the adults, can help them, or also some things we may them easily to spoil. Whether realize it, or not, we are their teachers, because they watching us. When they will listen us, will they hear really wisdom?
I would first commend all those young people, who are eager to discover the beauty of classical music and seek a satisfaction in it, because they selected the correct and enriching orientation. I advise to them to among of the music treasures they should pick out the most beautiful peaces. (So their love to the beautiful music will grow along with their musical talent so that they will develop themselves much more.) Let the music often they listen to at home of the recordings as well as in concert halls. Let they compare. When percieving the music they will see where is genuine beauty and quality of art.
Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree?
It looks so. In addition, the demand for classical music is declining. We live in a time of cultural decline. We're talking about the shipment, depending on demand and the rules about how to sell their "product" in the case of your songs. How do you see? I make it by selecting the key interpreters and reaching out them with.
What do you expect from your audience, your audience?
Appreciation of what they heard.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
One project, on which I have worked for about 10 years, is my piano school with a completely new methodology. I called her "Old Students?" It was very successful project that benefited hundreds of pupils from 4 to 70 years.
The current project, which I have only just started, I called "The Nature." It is four-part orchestral impressionistic music involving a Harp solo. That music is full of interesting images. It describes one day in nature, from the break of dawn, where even the velvet sky with twinkling stars, through the various phenomena in nature down the day, when the mountainous landscape of sweeping the "Silver wind", to the quiet evening and night, when the darkening blue sky majestically shimmering silver stars and tells about the beauty of a velvety black sky the vaults. One of the parts makes "Waterfalls" and another part is named "Silver wind" – both of those piano works, which I transform to the orchestral form. Country: