Recorded & Live Music in Class

Anselm Lingnau

Message 33466 · 11 Jan 2003 11:53:15 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Helen P. <xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> writes:

> Find it? The real question is whether you can *build* a small piece of that
> utopia. :-)

The problem with SCD music is that, from the point of view of a
practitioner, it combines the disadvantages of classical music (lots and
lots of sheet music and very exacting performance requirements) with the
disadvantages of Irish music (it is a style which is not taught in music
schools, is much different from what people know to do, and is virtually
impossible to locate good teachers for, at least in areas with no
appropriate ethnic background). People hereabouts who want to play
»Celtic« prefer Irish music where at least they don't have to learn so
many different tunes and can play at whatever speed they fancy (the
faster the better) :^), without having to stop after eight bars or
follow the directions of a dance teacher. Besides, they don't need
dancers around for maximum effect but instead get to play in pubs where
there is ample beer available.

Add to that the inconvenience that playing SCD music must be, for a
non-idealist musician, absolutely the worst-paid type of music compared
to the effort involved (busking would be a lot more lucrative, for
example), and you will find it very difficult to locate musicians to
»build« a piece of your »utopia«, however big or small.

(Which is not to say that there are no idealist virtuosos with time to
spare. I happen to know one but she lives about 150km away from here
:^()

Anselm
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