Mudcat Café message #858271 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55223   Message #858271
Posted By: Kaleea
04-Jan-03 - 01:18 AM
Thread Name: Using a music stand
Subject: RE: Using a music stand
If we stop to consider why we are performing music, we must ask ourselves what is our purpose? For whom are we performing? Is it about sharing music with others who love our music? Will it hinder their enjoyment more if we use music on a stand? Will it enhance their enjoyment more if we do not & make mistakes? Will it enhance their enjoyment more if we are able to perform a much wider variety of music by using printed music or "cheat sheets" on a stand? As a Music Educator of over 30 years, and a music performer for more years than I can remember, this, I believe, is what should guide our decision.   There was once a singer who was considered one of the greatest Tenors of all times. He had a very busy schedule of performances, and a lively social life. During these many social occasions, as well as during many recitals, he always carried, in the inside pocket of his suit, a small bound book with lyrics to most all songs which he might be asked to sing. Other than during Opera performances, or command stage performances, this little book was ever in his hand. Even now, Himself (Pavarotti) and the other tenors of the 3 tenors are known to perform concerts using music on a stand. (Never during Operas!)