Patrick Carter

Perfection : Fantasy or Reality?

May 9, 2011 17:17

 As you've probably guessed by now, many of my blogs are based on thoughts and experiences that make me think. On tuesday, whilst at my violin class, my teacher said "Well done! You've finished the piece beautifully!" And I said, "Yes, but I didn't play it PERFECTLY." When the class ended she asked me "How do you define ""Perfect"", is there such thing?" Immediately I responded "Ofcourse!". "Tell me when perfection is achieved." And I stupidly said "When you play it perfectly."

That was all I could do to define "Perfect". She didn't think it existed, because according to her it is something to do with personal taste. Just like cooking, you can't really say when something is perfect can you? Some people might find it salty or bland or just right! Just like music! It can be so expressive that many might think it is excessive and showy or it can be very well intune but with little musicality. Take Heiftz as an example, he was really clean in articulation but some people called him cold. Other described him as perfect. I for example think he played perfectly, but so did Yehudi, but ,as we say in Uk, Yehudi is mor my cup of tea and I prefer him over Heifetz.

If perfection did exist (as I believe it does) what is it?!??! 

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Favourite Violinist?

May 2, 2011 12:18

Hi! Today, I was thinking on who is the best Violinist. I know this question is somewhat of a Utopia, since defining this is very much up to the taste of a person, on the pieces they play and many other factors such as their istrument or what have you. However, this does not make it unintresting to talk about. Personally I've always been a great fan of Kyung-Wha Chung and Yehudi Menuhin. I found they both have (especially Menuhin) a great balance between the Demonic Virtuoso violin and the Romantic violin. I particularly like Bruch's violin concerto (played by Kyung) and Yehudi Menuhin playing Bach. I also think that Ivry Gritlis is great at  playing Paganini. (Love his version of Campanella). I think to define the best violinist you have to think on the composer or even the on the piece. Who's is your favourite violinist and what piece do you think he is best at playing?

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