Perfection in playing - How important is playing perfectly?

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Postby Stretto » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:42 pm

How important do you think it is to be able to play one's music perfectly? Should being able to play a piece of music without a single mistake be a top priority? What does playing perfectly mean to you? - no wrong notes?, correct articulation?, no tempo fluctuations?, etc? Can there come a point where a person can put too much emphasis on trying to play a piece with no mistakes? Is there room for mistakes in playing the piano? Or should there be a sign posted on the piano - "NO MISTAKES ALLOWED"?
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Postby Dr. Bill Leland » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:14 pm

There is no such thing as a perfect performance, except for the type of electronic music which does away with the performer entirely. Even if you struck every note with perfect accuracy, dynamic level, pedaling, duration and nuance, there would be other interpretations in which different values of these variables would be equally valid. And what a wonderful thing this is! If some great artist played a perfect performance, the rest of us would always have to miss the mark somehow--so let's rejoice that we're imperfect humans and not perfect machines!

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Postby 108-1121887355 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:42 pm

Perfect reply!

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Postby 108-1121887355 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:43 am

Thanks - I will pass this one on to parents and students!
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