09/05/2015 00:00

MUSICIANS ON STAGE – PUBLIC PLAYING

Hello, classical music community.

In my previous blogs I spoke about the joy of sharing music. It does not matter what is your level of music proficiency; there is always a point where you want to present your play to somebody. After countless hours of practicing alone, you want recognition. The moment when you go on stage is very emotional. Anybody who experienced it will never forget it.
What is happening when we are in the spotlight? Lets look at it closer. Waiting in the backstage area gives you tingling sensations and the adrenalin makes your heart go faster, perhaps you get shaky hands and your mind walks off and you are busy thinking what others are thinking about you. Even playing for one single person changes your own perception of yourself and music you are playing. Pitch, rhythm, tempo perceptions are under influence of adrenalin. Everybody experiences stage anxiety. Big stars like Horowitz, Glenn Gould or even the great Marta Algerich withdrew from the stage for several years as they did not manage to get over the stress .
Surely, public playing is a matter of practice. The more you play for others, the better it gets. Doing some mental training like meditation or relaxation techniques would do the job too. when learning a new piece, you never know it unless you play it on stage. So inviting some friends for a house concert can serve the purpose of efficient preparation for public performance.
Some people get addicted to performing on stage. Perhaps it is an explanation of another phenomenon: very long concert programs. I remember one concert in Hercules Hall with solo piano recital of variations of different composers.. It lasted about 3 hours, on that day I felt that Bach had written at least 200 Goldberg variations… Or one part of the concert consisting of 3 major Beethoven sonatas without a break.
Well, it actually raises the question of choosing the right repertoire for the concert. Something I would like to talk about in my next blogs.

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Bye for now.

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