So I've done a fair bit of reading on some of the discussions here (the technique ones are really helpful)...and I've seen a lot of discussions that are centered around "which piece should I do next" or "which piece is harder", etc. Whenever pieces like the Sibelius VC or any Mozart come up, they're always referred to as harder because of the "musicality" (is that a word?) that's needed to perform those pieces. Well, why aren't the technically difficult pieces (Paganini for example) considered tougher? I realize they're considered "showpiece pieces" or whatever, but has anyone ever really tried to study them and play them with the same musical depth as Sibelius or other pieces like that?
I guess what I'm trying to say is, why are some less technically challenging pieces considered more difficult because of the musicality required to perform them? Why doesn't that same principle apply to the (technically) virtuosic pieces; wouldn't it be even more difficult to play technically challenging pieces with the same amount of depth that "musically challenging" pieces are performed with?
If I had to answer my own question I'd guess that there's more emotion to be conveyed in Sibelius than the 24 Caprices - but still, this whole idea of a piece being more difficult in terms of "musical depth" is still a little confusing to me. I'm not trying to make a point here, I'm actually asking what it is that makes a piece harder because of a principle that seems like it should be applied to any piece of music no matter how virtuosic or otherwise. I understand what "musical depth" is (well, to the extent that an 18 year old can understand it anyway), I just don't understand how it can be used as a criteria in judging a piece's relative difficulty when it seems like we should be playing every piece with as much depth as we possibly can.
Feel free to criticize me and call me stupid, I don't mind as long as the insults come with an answer :)
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