The DSM is spectral. Schumann has brought me closer to my own multiple selves, yet I am not bipolar. Most things are on a spectrum, rather than a clearly delineated order of labels. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that absolutely everything is on a spectrum.
The difference between contemporary and standard rep pianists…. is large, and impenetrable and tangible and unknowable. Watching Brendel or Horowitz is like watching the proverbial greener grass shimmer on the other side. And watching a contemporary pianist is like watching a beautiful, wounded animal slowly drown. They both have appeal – they both are profoundly flawed.
Repertoire Pressures. I would like to say that I feel an equal amount of pressure from standard repertoire as I do from contemporary music. I feel that stupid pressure to have in my immediate repertoire at all times what resembles an undergraduate audition: a Mozart or Beethoven full sonata, a Romantic work of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, or Liszt. Similarly, in the contemporary world, I feel a constant, external push to play something German, heavy, and virtuosic, or at the very least, mysterious in its evident musicality. Mysterious in its evident musicality? Did I really just say that? Yep.
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