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Houpt, Fred wrote:
I think so called experts make much too much of how artists sway and
move and bop at their instrument. Did these same experts decide that
Oscar Peterson must have had a problem with his mind because he hummed
like a buzz saw, all throughout his career? Who cares if they do that?
Listen to how he rips up the keys and gives you goosebumps. That's what
is important. Who cares if they drool, have their eyes roll up into
their skulls. They just might be caught in an updraft of creative
This is reminiscent of Dr Burney's report of hearing CPE Bach play in 1772.
"M. Bach was so obliging as to sit down to his Silbermann clavichord and
favourite instrument, upon which he played three or four of his choicest
and most difficult compositions... In the pathetic and slow movements,
whenever he had a long note to express, he absolutely contrived to
produce, from his instrument, a cry of sorrow and complaint, such as can
only be effected on the clavichord, and perhaps by himself."
"After dinner... I prevailed upon him to sit down again to a clavichord,
and he played, with little intermission, till near eleven o'clock at
night. During this time, he grew so animated and possessed, that he not
only played, but looked like one inspired. His eyes were fixed, his
under lip fell, and drops of effervescence distilled from his
countenance. He said, if he were to be set to work frequently, in this
manner, he should grow young again."
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