Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Anti-quote of the Day

Every so often you see a humdinger of a quote that goes against everything you work so hard to achieve. This zinger is from the wikiHow article on How to Accompany a Performer. Warning: reading the entire article might make you blow a gasket...

Don't try and play everything. Chances are the audience won't be paying attention to you, if you're a good accompanist. You're not the soloist, so the attention isn't on you. Feel free to reduce the music if necessary.

6 comments:

  1. I hate the lack of recognition accompanists get...*sigh*

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  2. We'll just have to cry all the way to the bank...

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  3. That has to be one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. I especially love the "Warnings" section. I wish there was a comment space to leave my "constructive criticism." I pray it wasn't a pianist that wrote it.

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  4. check out my edit at the bottom (if it is still there!) I think all you "accompanists" should do protest editing, every day.

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  5. Well, they are talking about accompanists, not collaborative pianists , haha :)

    I love "Always talk to your soloist." as a separate point ;)

    Seriously though, I've been thinking of how "good" the pianist should play if the sollist is not that good. To me the ballance of the level of playing between the partners looks important. Its like you exhibit an expensive jewellery on a cheap background or the opposite. I think, not a good level-match bothers itslef. You know what I mean?

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  6. I really like "Never resort to violence." They didn't teach me that in University.

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