Performing music

[Performing music] is the job that has the most to do with
the belief in the existence of a soul.
I deal in Berg’s soul, in Brahms’s soul — that’s my job. […]
Trying to turn lead into gold is nothing compared to
taking something mechanical like an instrument — a string and a bow —
and using it to evoke a human soul, preserved through the century.
Christian Tetzlaff


Christian Tetzlaff Rethinks How a Violin Should Sound : The New Yorker.
Tetzlaff plays on a modern violin, made by the Bonn-based luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner, which can produce an unusually wide range of tones, from the refined to the wild. That versatility suits Tetzlaff because he rejects the facile association of classical music with Old World elegance, or what he calls “the cliché of the Stradivarius.”

The front view image of the Antonio Stradivari...

The front view image of the Antonio Stradivari violin of 1703. Picture taken at the Musikinstrumenten Museum, Berlin. Español: Parte anterior de violín hecho por Antonio Stradivari en 1703. Foto sacado en el Museo de Instrumentos de Música, Berlin, Alemania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years, Tetzlaff, who is forty-six, performed wearing wire-rimmed glasses of the Trotsky-Mahler variety, which fuelled his reputation as an ascetic intellectual. (He now wears contact lenses.) Yet the image of Tetzlaff as a crisp and imperiously cerebral soloist grows more complicated when you watch him perform.

2012, September 11

Jeremy Eichler, Profiles, “String Theorist,” The New Yorker, August 27, 2012, p. 34

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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4 Responses to Performing music

  1. Our Adventure in Croatia says:

    the Violin of Auschwitz sounds like a very good recommendation, so I will check it out!


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