Terpfan wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:47 am
Sure, Heifetz can take a day off just before a concert and no one will notice the difference except himself. For most people that equals crash and burn.
Yes, and then just a puddle on the floor!
I attempted some cursory research to find, online, some information on Tarrega's practice routine. I have had no luck with that, yet. My original reading of Tarrega's machine like routine, with stop watch, to the second, came from hard print (likely Dr. Leckie's journals) - must have read it sometime in the 80's.
I did find something of Segovia's later year's routine in a New York Times interview of 1977. At that time Segovia was 84. His daily practice was regular 5 hours with an irregular bonus 1 hour evening practice. He preferred to go at it in 1 and 1/4 hour intervals, 4 times during the day. By this time he had cut his concert schedule down to 26 per year from a high of 100. It doesn't mention anything about him having had cut practice hours down, but that most likely was also a necessity of age.
Anyone care to calculate Segovia's lifetime guitar playing (i.e. practice, in teaching/demonstration, concertizing) mileage? (My rough estimate is close to 250,000 hours, based on lifetime 8 hour daily averaged over 84 years (he died at 94.))
BTW, speaking of Segovia: I recently met someone playing a well worn Ramirez 1A. His humble playing of Renaissance pieces and the tone of the instrument was nothing short of divine. I'm glad I asked him about the instrument. He stated that he had played none other since acquiring it as a student, studying abroad. His story was that it was one of Segovia's Ramirez's. Segovia had ordered and played several, with this one offered as first prize in a guitar festival which Segovia initiated in the late sixties. The prized instrument was never sold or on the market, yet passed down from master to the premier student over three more generations - much like a mantle of succession. I found the story genuine and touching! I asked him if he takes on students and he said "no," preferring just to play for himself. Under that poignant circumstance, the mantle is unlikely to be passed on any further.