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Message 33114 · 17 Dec 2002 14:15:57 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Culture on paper: About three weeks ago, St Cecilia´s
day, there was a concert in her honor (patroness of
music) in the local parish church. The Filharmonica
Porrerença was performing four symphony length
numbers, three of them, classicial, with which I was
familiar and generally pleased with the performance.
The 4th was called "River Dance" subtitled "a Celtic
medley".

Knowing of my background, many of the villagers asked
me what I thought of it (I am currently playing oboe
in the marching [actually ambling or walking] section
of the same orchestra). I hated the performance but
of course could not say so and mumbled some innocuous
appropriate phrases.

The problem is as you stated it, one can not
reproduce a culture on paper. While I am sure that
the local orchestra played the notes as written, it
just felt wrong. Some of the tunes I knew well, and
for others I actually have a photo copy of an old
collection of some music by [o´]Carolan´s. Just for
fun, I taped myself on the oboe of one melody, then
typed a digital program using the music specifically
as written. Difference between playing as one feels,
using the score as a prompt, and playing the score as
written. I was not even aware how much I was
interpreting when I thought I was sight reading.

There is an old film around with some of the early
SCD dances done in appropriate costumes in
appropriate places [I think the Edinbuegh Branch
produced this in the 60´s]. In Red House, both the
men and the women were wearing high heels, and
because of the costume, the women were about 12
inches wider than nature. No way was this the same
dance as each performance of a dance includes its
context, change one and you change the dance.

By the way, has anyone heard of, seen, or know if
this film still exists, or how to access it?


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