Donald Satz <[log in to unmask]> replies to me:
>Jocelyn Wang wrote:
>>The practice of completely ignoring a composer's specific instructions is
>>indeed whimsical -- at best.
>To me, "ignoring" indicates that the performing artist did not consider the
>instructions or try to determine whether he/she would ultimately observe
>those instructions. The fact remains that the artist may well have placed
>significant weight on the instructions and still decided not to observe
>them. A listener may like or not like what's being done, but to describe
>every non-observance of the written score as as act of "ignoring" the
>instructions is simply inaccurate without knowing the process used by
>the artist which resulted in the non-observance.
Whatever the process, and whether one calls it "ignoring" the repeats or
"disregarding" them, the result is the same: the composer's intent is
being undermined by someone who does not and cannot know the piece as
intimately as the composer.
Bob Draper <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>When all the marked repeats are performed in Haydn, as they are being
>done in Hogwood's series, then part of the impact of the work is lost
>in my view.
The mere fact that Haydn put those repeats in shows that the composer
himself disagrees with you. His judgement is to be given a higher value
than yours, or anyone else's.
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