September 28, 2012 at 8:48 PMThis has been the first official week of fall, which is both a time of beginnings -- with the start of seasons and academic years -- and a time of winding down for winter and year's end. Musically, it's a season that can push us either way.
Our V.com member Terez Rose wrote a blog about how she likes to visit the works of familiar composers during this time of year. I've noticed that symphony orchestras begin their seasons with the familiar.
Today, though, I've been immersed in listening to Esa-Pekka Salonen's new violin concerto, which he wrote for Leila Josefowicz. A recording of this work comes out in mid-October, and you'll be hearing more from me about it, including an interview with Leila. But what struck me was the fact that I must have been really ready for something new: this grew on me by the second listen. It put me in an experimental frame of mind!
This changes for me, from year to year, season to season: sometimes I just want to play and hear what I know. Other times, I want to lend my ear, my time, my practicing, to something entirely new and innovative. Does it change for you? And today, how are you feeling? Would you prefer to work on -- or listen to -- new music or old music?
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