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  1. Thinking about it, I guess I’m not surprised listening causes a different set of enjoyments than actually performing the music. A few members of my family have or are performing, either in choirs or plays, or as part of a string quartet. I’ve heard them talk of the excitement of performance both in terms of the sweep of the music or play itself, and of the technical aspects of actually performing. Also, as I mentioned in the blog above, the audience could see the orchestra members’ emotional reaction at symphony’s end — I saw what looked like pride and relief at how well the performance went, and I’m sure there was more I did not notice. I appreciate your writing; I enjoy discovering different viewpoints like that.

    I have to ask, though: can you say why you have such a low opinion of most ballet music? Is it… I don’t know, too simple, or too repetitive, or something else? For me, and from the viewer’s perspective, the dancing and the music often combine to form a truly wonderful emotional gestalt. I wonder if the dancers also have pieces they feel could be left undanced?

    Thanks again for commenting! :)

  2. It’s so interesting, isn’t it, how one person can enjoy one work, and another not? I really love the Prokofiev symphony. I will confess I Romeo & Juliet is probably my fave, but I love his symphonies as well. (R&J is one of the very few ballet works I look forward to playing, to be honest. So much of ballet music could be left unplayed, as far as I’m concerned.)

    So glad you are enjoying the majority of your experiences with SSV and the ballet, though.

    Keep blogging!

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