Balancing Act

I came across another pianist's blog today:Susan Tomes.  She has a great post illustrating the challenge of balancing "involvement" and "detachment" during a performance.  I laughed at the end because I can so relate!  I remember my piano teacher in college once told me that I needed to play with passion but not "lose control."  There is a point where one must restrain one's passion during a performance or the playing will become sloppy.  However, a performance lacking passion quickly becomes boring, so one must not be too "controlled" or focused solely on the technical aspects of the music.  I can recall many performances, particularly in college, when I was thinking about what I was going to eat afterwards instead of being "into" the music.  Invariably I would get a comment afterwards about how wonderfully expressive and focused my playing was! 

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