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February 2014

Io son l’umile ancella….

Today I would like to share a few reflections on the role of the interpreter who embodies great characters and communicate the message encoded in the words and the music to the audience. This task involves many overlapping elements, touches… Continue Reading →

The Musical Code: The Musical Enigma

To the uninitiated- the inexperienced musician- the musical score can represent an enigma.The score guards its secrets from the inexperienced, who baffled by its code, retreats after merely scratching the surface, or ends up all puffed up, thinking himself already a master. The uninvited… Continue Reading →

In Praise of Mediocrity.

Mediocrity rises early and goes to market. Her daughters: Superficiality, Banality, Vulgarity, Triviality, Vanity, Frivolity, Vacuity, and Envy accompany her. One may recognize them by the way they walk, putting on airs. They move quickly, so they seem to be… Continue Reading →


Just as Mediocrity helps to balance out and enhance Excellence (see the post In Praise of Mediocrity) , musical works and musical performance are enriched by the workings of pairs of opposites. Here are some interesting pairs. See how you can… Continue Reading →

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