Changing Musical Focus is About What’s Coming. Musical styles have come in set periods of time. For success, go with the flow. Why? In the sage words of Henry David Thoreau:
” I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. They have told me nothing, and probably cannot tell me anything to the purpose.” Or as he also states in Walden, “Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.”
Carve your own path. This is what pianist Jeorge Bolet did. Jorge Bolet (November 15, 1914 – October 16, 1990) was a Cuban-born American virtuoso pianist and teacher. Among his teachers were Leopold Godowsky, and Moriz Rosenthal. Roenthal was a pupil of Franz Liszt.Bolet was born in Havana. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Consider this reference found in David Dubal’s book. It is entitled Reflections from the Keyboard. In Bolet’s words: “Today’s audiences go to the concert hall, to hear Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms…” Then Bolet goes on to state that the last generation “went to hear what the pianist had to say about the composer.” Thus, we not only idolized the composer, we did the same for the pianist.
I was fortunate that my own piano teacher, Mischa Kottler belonged to the same vintage. He studied with Alfred Cortot and Emil von Sauer. The old school of pianists were not only musicians. They were also magicians. They would take you on a “magic carpet ride” with their piano playing.
Changing Musical Focus and Back to the Old School
To see what the old school was all about, click on this internal link. Mischa plays Chopin’s Minute Waltz in doubled notes. Everywhere, audiences went wild at this feat. The link also documents and describes his visit at age 92 to our family. Thanks to Mischa. and other great men I worked with, including Rubinoff and His Violin, my own career as pianist/composer only now starting to reach a pinnacle. Check on events on DSOworks.com.
In conclusion. Jeorge Bolet comments how today many are not interested in the musician. He states that he had often gone to all Beethoven concerts. Many pianists had been quite dull. Yet the audience applauded wildly. He states: “In a sense, the audience is applauding for itself being there.” I believe that those days are about to go, bye-bye.