Tom Poore wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:24 pmAgreed. I often tell students that I’ve never met an excellent musician who’s stupid. Crazy, maybe—but not stupid.lucy wrote:Also, I have to say, controversial as this may sound, I've simply never come across a professional classical musician who isn't highly able, in general. I think this isn't necessarily the case for pop music, but quite often it's the case for that too. It's just classical music is complicated and it requires a certain level of mental aptitude to do it well.
South Euclid, OH
Since there is no danger of my family reading this response, I will tell you the following: I have a first cousin who from an early age excelled as a flutist. She was studying at Northwestern University School of Music in Junior High School playing advanced repertoire reserved for senior-level college students. There was rarely a state or national competition that she entered until her senior year of high school that she didn't win or be the runner up. She had a full scholarship offer from Northwestern to study music as well as several other prestigious music programs. After HS graduation, she "fell in love" and that was the end of her music career and advanced education. However, by most peoples standards, she was a very average person and aside from Music, she performed at a very marginal academic level in school. If you met her, it would be difficult to hold a conversation for any length of time and she was a quite boring person. However, flute in hand, she played beautifully and I don't think I ever heard her drop a note. She had a confident stage presence and played well in ensembles. She was a consummate musician. How does one explain this phenomenon? I once interviewed the great tenor saxophonist Von Freeman at the Enterprise Lounge on the South Side of Chicago back in the 70's. Von was clearly one of the great American tenor sax players then and now, after his death. I remarked to a friend of mine that I was disappointed with the interview expecting some profound gems from Von to which he angrily replied: "Musicians don't talk . . . they play." I have never forgotten those words. Playing again . . . Rognvald