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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    As Glenn Gould couldn't play without humming
    Gould said, "I can’t do without it. I would if I could. It’s a terrible distraction. I don’t like it, and I would resent any artist whose records I bought indulging himself that way. I don’t see why anyone puts up with it…. I can only say I play very much less well if I don’t indulge in a few vocal elaborations…. I think there’s a wishful thinking aspect, too: That is the way I would like my phrases to be made, and I’m never quite able to do that at the keyboard.”

    Watch the mouths of many virtuosos, including Brendel and Grimaud. Little sound comes out, but they seem to be guided in their phrasing by an early habit that's become unconscious.

    I wish I could do it. I've tried. At my level it would be good for memory instead of just hearing it in my head.

    Try memorizing 10 digits by singing them. And then try again without singing them. I have to rely too much on a visual memory of a score, so, many run-throughs are required.
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    Came across this video. The only composer I like Lang Lang's playing in is Mozart's. Here he gets the orchestra to do more of his antics for him, and focuses more on the music. Was pleasantly surprised.

    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Came across this video. The only composer I like Lang Lang's playing in is Mozart's. Here he gets the orchestra to do more of his antics for him, and focuses more on the music. Was pleasantly surprised.

    What a fun performance! People just enjoying great Mozart. Raises the question again whether conductors are necessary to keep time. No one seemed to be paying much attention to Lang Lang’s limited arm movements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    What a fun performance! People just enjoying great Mozart. Raises the question again whether conductors are necessary to keep time. No one seemed to be paying much attention to Lang Lang’s limited arm movements.
    Having fun! Tut! Tut! This is classical music!

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