Jane Erb on David Cozy's distinction between "seeing" and "hearing" a
>This is a constant (unserious) disagreement at our house. He says heard,
>while I contend that I can hear a piece over the radio or CD player. If
>I was there, I say I saw the XYZ Philharmonic. As my hearing is pretty
>good, I contend that if I saw it I also heard it, as I don't talk my way
>through a concert.
Actually, I go to a concert to both see and hear. As Yogi Berra said,
"You can observe a lot by watching." I've found out some very interesting
things about music and musicians that probably wouldn't have occurred
to me through listening, even with a score. For example, as much as I
love and admire Leonard Bernstein's music, I've discovered that the
musical interest in his work tends to lie in the upper parts. His bass
parts are usually far easier -- often pedal points. In short, not every
player has something interesting to do. I've also discovered this really
fabulous babe amongst the violas.