With all of the talk about what's the most correct or informed way to play something I think wwe've lost sight of why people bother to go to concerts instead of simply staying home and listening to canned music. It to hear live music plaking and actually have the experience of being with someone in the midst of making music. I think it's extraordinarily arrogant for anyone of us to presume to know what was in the head of Bach as he wrote the Sonatas and Partitas. At its level best notation is a crude instrument to tell someone else what is being heard in the mind of the composer and even then the ability of the composer to express him/herself factors into the compositorial process. So I submit that much of what we do gives the listener an experience of ourselves and our musicianship at worst at best we might even be able to give the listener an experience of who we are--not just the notes we play. That is what performance is about not just about on the operatic stage but also in pure music. Who we are and what we bring to the discussion is much clearer in our notes than in our words about the process.
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