Thursday, 20 March 2014

'if you can't describe it, we can't play it'

He describes well the disconcerting impression of boredom that players can give when they are concentrating, and warns against attempting flowery evocations of a musical effect that is being sought ('if you can't describe it, we can't play it', he was once told).
- from a review by Michael Downes in the 7 March TLS of Inside Conducting, a book on conducting by Christopher Seaman