Thursday, May 17, 2012

Some beauty must be shared

University of Maryland Musicians perform Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy (video)

From youtube notes:
On May 4, 2012, the UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) performed Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" from memory, with movement design by choreographer Liz Lerman.

Movement is an inherent element of music-making; yet, its impact goes largely unexplored in the orchestral setting. UMSO's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" explores the connection between movement and music, specifically, how that connection facilitates communication and a colorful, nuanced performance.


Jen adds:
I just can't imagine why we don't do this more often!
How fabulously this would go over in any setting from an unforgettable educational concert for youngsters, to an orchestra's creativity throughout its season.
For us flutists:
Isn't it great that this is not about sitting still and trying to play without breathing? HAAAAAAA! :>)

New find: July 2012

Mimi Stillman - solo flute with dancers (see on youtube.)

Rodion Shchedrin's "The Sealed Angel". A monumental work for chorus and solo flute. The fifth movement is for flute alone.
Performed live, November 2009

I just love to see flutists move across an acoustic space.
It's so vibrant!

Best, Jen
Comments (4)
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this Jen, this is very timely! I was teaching a student just this morning, and trying to get across that as a wind player, breathing is part of playing and so is part of how we interpret music. She tends not to breathe, and so ends up almost expiring at the end of long phrases simply because she feels pressure to play without interruption like a string player or pianist. I'll be showing her this video - music IS a physical thing and our living, breathing, moving bodies are how we make music!

Thursday, May 17, 2012 5:05:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Jennie,
Great to hear this!
I'm so glad to help.
Thanks for sharing the exhale-til-you-pale phenomena. I know it well.
Best, Jen :>)

Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:28:00 PM

Blogger JudyNV said...

Talk about moving the marching band concept towards a dancing orchestra!! Why not?

Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:41:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jen,

I'm a choral conductor who played flute back in elementary school and have just picked it up again, so I've been reading your wonderful blog. What a treat to see this link: I finished my doctorate in choral conducting at UMD in 2008, and performed many a concert on that very stage. James Ross was my instrumental conducting professor during that time, and he's phenomenal. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Bill Culverhouse
Director of Choral Activities
Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

Monday, June 04, 2012 7:59:00 PM


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