P is for Profligate

To master the great works, we must be profligate of time and effort.

To imagine the sound, the feeling and the meaning in the finest detail and at the same time with large-scale relations and proportions true and convincing.

To find the way to convey our understanding through sound so that the audience cannot fail to be moved as the composer was moved.

To work out technique; to dance the rhythms; to sing the lines; to dream the whole; to perform it in concert—all these are part of a process which on rare occasions is so easy that we hardly notice it, but more often requires all we can give.

The willingness to be profligate, to spend not merely hours but our lives—this is our virtue.

Copyright © James Boyk 2013. All rights reserved.
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