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Miguel de Maria

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RE: What makes a music "good"? (in reply to Pgh_flamenco

A simple theory of art: one "promises" something to the audience, and the fulfills those promises in a surprising way, thus creating maximum satisfaction.

If you start playing, say, bulerias, you are promising things based on what the audience knows about bulerias--say, a compas, a tempo, certain idiomatic strumming patterns and melodies. But if you just straight out play old falsetas and rasgueados, while not bad, you are probably not completely satisfying a contemporary audience.

If you do that, but have tweaked the music some in interesting and creative ways, that is if you have innovated, the listeners will be both satisfied that you are correctly executing a bulerias _and_ will be pleasantly surprised at your new twists.

A performance that is so changed and distant from what the audience conceives of as bulerias will leave them cold. They have nothing to hang on to. But something that is just an exact copy of "the album" will feel stilted, museum-like, dead. The mix of old and new is a matter of taste.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 26 2019 17:29:03

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RE: What makes a music "good"? (in reply to Richard Jernigan


ORIGINAL: Richard Jernigan

I ordered the newer edition of Pepe Romero's book "La Guitarra." It came in the mail yesterday. It contains technical and musical instruction, mainly classical, but with some flamenco as well, numerous exercises, many by Giuliani, some pieces to play including an alegrias by Pepe, and advice.

The section on performance begins,

"The principal problem that takes place during a public performance is that the performer finds himself imprisoned by his ego, which locks his thoughts in the difficulty of the work he is to perform and in the impact that the success or failure of his performance will have upon him."

He elaborates a little more on the impact of ego, then writes, "Music has nothing to do with any of these thoughts. Music is abstract, spiritual,and sensual.....In order to be transported by music, we must conquer the ego and stop negative thoughts before they take place."

Later he writes, "The ego will ask us if the piece will serve to demonstrate our technical facility. If we permit ourselves even the most minimal contemplation of this theme, we can be certain that any degree of energy spent in this consideration will be manifested and multiplied in the form of nerves and doubts when the piece is performed in front of an the words of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, 'Music is not to impress others, but to move them.' "

I would say that to think we should perform in public certainly requires a healthy ego, and to achieve the ability to do it requires determination as well. But Pepe's point is that we must be very careful how we employ that ego, and must avoid the ill effects of letting it run unchecked.

As Pepe said to me, "It's the music that lifts us, isn't it?"


Wise advice on performance. Thanks for sharing.


Gracias Paco por la música que nos diste. Me cambiaste la vida y nunca lo olvidaré. Que en paz descanses.
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