You bring up a good point. An approach such as this would not always be "wrong," as it is in this particular example. I think of a piece such as Debussy's L'isle Joyeuse in which he writes these beautiful ascending arpeggios that reach climaxes marked pp. There are many other such instances.R.V.S. wrote: Regarding his suggestion, I think it's worth exploring on long, fast, ascending/descending runs (so it's no surprise that he heard it from a pianist), but not on a melodic line. The melody itself should feel natural, and it's not a "rule" that he's challenging. I don't even think it's cultural or traditional. I think it's human nature. Our voices naturally get louder as they get higher.
Nevertheless, it's an interesting thought.
On guitar (at least mine) the sonority tends to get louder as it gets lower. It sings in a different way.R.V.S. wrote:...The melody itself should feel natural, and it's not a "rule" that he's challenging. I don't even think it's cultural or traditional. I think it's human nature. Our voices naturally get louder as they get higher. ..
+1Polifemo de Oro wrote:So, you see, there are reasons in the end for political correctness. In the old days this was simply knowns as having a sense of discretion, taste, and propriety.
Just for the record, I made the comment about political correctness before I knew anything about a presidential election in the USA. I would not make the comment today, knowing what is happening in America. No actual politics intended here. I think it is inappropriate for a non-American to comment on an American election.It's sort of sad that people have to be reminded of this in our current bloodthirsty political season.
Its not a bad idea to try the opposite of a recommendation. If only to confirm it . But occasionally a surprising effect does work.JohnB wrote:Interesting to read this oldish thread.
Although the reasoning in the video is deeply flawed there is something lurking in there. I think the idea of "reverse" crescendos/diminuendos in phrasing isn't at all valid and expressed as a general rule it is silly. But, sometimes, playing the peak of the phrase softer, when the expectation is that it will be louder, can be very effective indeed. Singers often do this. Personally, I sometimes do it when the "A" section of Lagrima returns.