Re: Playing your own music... Just a though

Subject: Re: Playing your own music... Just a though
From: Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (
Date: Fri Sep 09 2005 - 17:31:43 EDT

Hello all

two short questions used as answer:

> (It has to do with resources and infrastructure.)

When do performance people will teach piano lesson in group because of
a lack of money? Never. So why should we do it in composition?

For me, it is a combat we need to fight to death.

> ...not as dangerous as imagination without limits...

Who could pretend not to have limits? We all have a lot of limits, so
have the students. Choking them with artificial one, (formal,
analytical, stylistical) other than a production deadline should help
them to struggle against the real one, their inner one, the one we all
face in front of the long list of masterpiece that forms music history?

For me, anything but those questions is irrelevant. In other words,
how do you feel you should fill that blank page/tape/silence. To
propose an other quote (sorry if the previous one was in French...) :

‘Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the
mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces
an art of its own which can never be repeated. Efforts to revive the
art-principles of the past will at best produce an art that is
still-born. ‘
        Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1912, p.13)

I wish I will be able to find questions to the answers of my students,
like I was lucky my teachers did for me.

Pierre Alexandre

ps Yes, Kevin, I was lucky to be under Marcelle's supervision. But
her generosity was more than time in her schedule: she believed in us
and in her way of teaching, fought for it and for us, and gave us a lot
of time, indeed. But the utmost generosity came from the fact that in
those moments spent with her, she tried with us to find solutions to
problem that were not hers but ours. We felt this way that our
questions were worthwhile.

And again today, she inspires me to try to be as good as a teacher as
she was.

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay
Lecturer in Computer Composition
University of Huddersfield
Queensgate Campus
England HD1 3DH

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