Quality not Quantity Becomes the Key Question for People. What does that mean? Let’s start by discussing a primary source of quantity: the periodic chart. It gives defining information of the elements of nature as well as some that are man made.
Above is an elementalal excerpt from a periodic chart. The quantity of particles determines the substance and properties.
- Five protons in the nucleus makes an atom of boron.
- Six, makes an atom of carbon.
- Seven makes notrogen.
With people we have a paradox. The elements that make different people are basically the same for everyone. However, with people, quality makes the difference. How agreeable is your personality? Do you finish projects you’ve started? Do you show your family affection? How well do you do your job?
Quality versus Quantity in Music
With the arts: Does your oil painting move others? Did the audience love your piano rendition? Are you leading a happy and rewarding life? These qualities cannot be ascribed to ordinary elements. People have a higher calling than the physical. Some call it soul. Perhaps it’s self-motivation or personality? Perhaps quality is an inherited trait? Whatever it is, it is above the physical plane.
The picture to the right is of Maurice Ravel seated at the piano. His compositions are of exceptional quality. Had he written 10 times as many compositions as he did, but all terrible, no one would have listened to his music. Because of quality, he is a highly revered French Impressionistic composer. Below is a sample of my own piano playing with violinist Steven Greenman. The concert was just given in Ohio at the Circleville High School auditorium.
I personality love the piano music of Franz Schubert. In addition to great melodies, I find him to be a rare master of rests. He frames his phrases and motifs beautifully with rests. They have tremendous artistic impact- I think more so than any other composer. Hopefully I will soon be posting my own rendition soon of his Sonata Op 120 in A. Keep checking the site. Thanks.
Conclusion: We all have quantity. It’s our quality that makes us outstanding as individuals. Feel free to share the post.