Steve Schwartz wrote:
>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.
Possibly the ultimate "visual composer" in my experience is Ives. I
have a number of CDs of his works which might as well support the leg
of my wobbly table; they just don't work.
I have to see the multiple groupings within the orchestra, multiple
conductors and so on; all these bows going at different speeds and
in different directions are an intrinsic part of the performance!
(Interestingly, and apropos previous comments, TV closeups would