I naturally assumed, because of your Spanish name, that you lived in the Western United States. I was going to recommend you to the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, where there is one of the best Russian (this one is actually Ukranian) Orthodox choirs. If you are ever near San Francisco, keep it in mind. I grant that it is a bit far from Montreal.
We the old or almost old (am 62) must be careful not to engage in reverse agism.Rognvald wrote: ↑Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:26 amWhat are the "prime years of a guitarist?" If you mean technical prowess, there is no question that there is an athleticism of neural responses that are at their prime in the early years and diminish as one ages. However, "athleticism" is not musicality as is witnessed by young phenoms who burst on the stage with dazzling technique but are incapable of true musicality since they are emotionally and experientially immature in a musical and human sense. Have you ever noticed when these musical savants perform, they always play allegretto and seldom largo and impassionato? The brain dead audiences worldwide are attuned to this carnival approach to music as they are in their other entertainments and cry "maestro" to the little musical machines. One can have musical performance and not Art. We see it in the broad palette of guitarists playing today. A guitarist may be at his technical prime between 30-50 but may be emotionally, and spiritually incapable of producing meaningful music. Could Gauguin have painted with his inimical brilliance if he had not lived the tumultuous life that seasoned him as an artist? Could Thomas Mann have written the "Magic Mountain" as an unseasoned young writer? Could Beethoven have produced the soul-shattering compositions in a vacuum? Art is much more than technique and although technique is a doorway to some important music, it will never be the only ingredient to great art. The prime years of a guitarist, or any artist for that matter, is when he/she has evolved experientially so that the mechanics of performance transcends the written page to an expression of human emotion. Playing again . . . Rognvald
I don’t dismiss or discount anybody, you are putting words in my fingers that I never wrote. But actually, of the group of poets you mention, the only one I really care for (but his one, a lot) is Shakespeare, who supposedly wrote everything between the ages of about 30 and 50. Not too young but not exactly old either. Before that period in his life, he was supposed to have been some kind of horse attendant, I think, though practically nothing is known of about this person. He is believed to have written all his magnificent, prodigious stuff in the spare time between tons of business deals, acting and stage managing. Many scholars have reasonably expressed strong skepticism that such a thing is possible. I do believe it is possible, but only in someone who is “plugged” directly to some kind of muse, writing as if under dictation. That is the impression I get when reading him. His mind was a hive of words and nobody has ever written remotely like him. These kinds of inspirational trances usually happen to the young, I think?Rognvald wrote: ↑Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:14 pmFransisco,
I don't understand terms like Agism. It smacks of political correctness and is not a valid concept in my opinion. And, to compare a strawberry to a person is also a difficult stretch for me since you are comparing an insensate object(a piece of fruit) to a complicated sensorium like a human being. It is not a valid metaphor to me but I understand the birth/life/death continuum at which you were aiming. Your above quote about poets is also an untrue generalization since the world would have to discount poets as Shakespeare, Eliot, Yeats, Goethe, Frost, Auden, and Rexroth among countless others who continued to refine and hone their poetic vision of the world until late in life. Those who write at an early age must rely on instinct rather than defined sensibilities based on human experience since, similar to the musician and visual artist, they take years to mature. Certainly, the poetry of Baudelaire seems infantile when compared to the mature Yeats or Frost but he can still be appreciated on a certain level. An exception might have been the Austrian poet Georg Trakl who died young with great talent but certainly had insufficient time to bloom. So, we as human beings cannot be codified like a piece of fruit because intelligent, creative people do not fit into neat orderly concepts of maturation and development. Finally, in regards to musicality, how is it possible for it to cease like a faucet that has been closed with a valve? I cannot accept these precepts since some of my friends are 2,000 years old(Caesar, Aurelius, Plato, Aristotle) and still speak with wisdom from the pages of their works. But, we are in agreement with your last statement and a perfect example is the great South American guitarist Yamandu Costa who, at a young age, has developed a style, technique and presence seen rarely on the guitar stage. I hope you enjoy. Muy sabroso! https://youtu.be/8nZ2V8k8ryQ playing again, Rognvald
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