Your Focus when in the aduience at a concert
I find that I'm as interested in observing technique as much as I like the music. While my/our primary interest is chamber music we do attend Community and Semi-Professional orchestra concerts.
Watching the communication in a chamber performance, how the violinists use their bows, make shifts, even the coordination between stand-partners making page turns gets my attention in addition to the music.
How about you? Is it just the music, or something more?
It's not just about the music (although it is around 97% of it) but also about the performance. If we wanted to just hear music, we would've just downloaded a track or something, but we came for a performance.
At the symphonies, we sit in the center of the back row of the 2nd balcony, where we find the best sound at Woolsey Hall. For the baroque opera and chamber music (always in much smaller halls), we sit as close as possible to the musicians to study their technique.
For a few years, (basically my last few years of highschool through my first few years of undergrad studies at conservatory,) I began having trouble enjoying classial music concerts because ALL I could think about was, ‘oh, I didn’t like the 1st violinist’s fingering choice. That ritard didn't work well. I don’t like the cellist’s articulation. This orchestra’s intonation is OK, but nowehere near as good as the Berlin Phil’s!’ In other words, my thought patterns had become so critical and my expectations were so high that it was almost impossible for me to enjoy a classical concert and not walk away disappointed. I think the inability to simply enjoy the music came from some (unconscious) deep-seated unhappiness and preoccupation with my own defects as a player, probably exacerbated by the hyper-critical environment of conservatory.
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