All Debate articles – Page 5

  • Change
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    Why we should question our prejudices

    2014-01-31T00:00:00Z

    The string world has overcome many preconceptions, but there's still room for improvement, says Ariane Todes

  • Chinese
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    Why we should take Chinese players seriously

    2014-01-23T00:00:00Z

    Using the lazy assumption that string players from China have ‘great technique but no musicality' ignores the talent that they bring to Western music, says Nancy Pellegrini

  • Histrionics
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    Get rid of histrionics in quartet playing

    2014-01-17T00:00:00Z

    Over-the-top emoting by individual players ruins the whole point of chamber music, says David Kettle

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    Are the achievements of El Sistema the tip of the iceberg?

    2014-01-03T00:00:00Z

    The results of Sistema-based social programmes are almost impossible to quantify – but as Jonathan Govias argues, the potential of ‘the system' is boundless

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    Do top ten lists miss the whole point of music?

    2013-12-05T00:00:00Z

    The compulsion to rank performers by number denies the subtlety and diversity of their craft, argues Ariane Todes

  • OpinionSept13
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    Use intellect, not instinct

    2013-08-05T00:00:00Z

    Instead of simply focusing on technical prowess, performers should have as profound an understanding of music theory as composers do, argues cellist David Watkin, since it can only serve to develop their skills

  • OpinionAug13
    Debate

    Sources of inspiration

    2013-07-24T00:00:00Z

    If players and teachers were less cagey about where they discovered their ideas, Philippa Bunting argues, it would be more interesting for audiences and more valuable for their peers

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    Secret commissions: the dark side of teaching

    2013-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Teachers must be open about any commission they get when a student buys an instrument, argues Ariane Todes

  • bow_maker
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    Embrace the difference

    2013-06-30T00:00:00Z

    Luthiers often have more experience than players of Baroque instruments and bows. So, says US bow maker David Hawthorne, they should be fearless in producing authentic equipment to enlighten and inform

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    Fear of a blank page

    2013-05-09T00:00:00Z

    There's nothing stopping string players from commissioning their own works, argues cellist David Cohen – apart from their own reluctance

  • zip
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    No more excuses - Sally Beamish

    2013-04-08T00:00:00Z

    Sally Beamish laments that it's taken the tragic death of violinist Frances Andrade for the damage done by predatory music teachers to be seriously addressed

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    Rise to the challenge

    2012-12-21T00:00:00Z

    It's new repertoire that will attract 21st-century audiences to the concert hall, argues violinist Joel Smirnoff – and string players should be spearheading the revolution

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    Hear no evil?

    2012-11-22T00:00:00Z

    Recent allegations about child abuse at the BBC have exposed a culture of turning a blind eye. Music education institutions must learn from the consequences of such an attitude, argues Ariane Todes

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    Could do better

    2012-08-22T00:00:00Z

    String teachers should improve their own skills to help students improve, instead of going overboard with encouragement and hoping that the problems will fix themselves, argues Simon Fischer

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    Tell your own story

    2012-07-25T00:00:00Z

    String players shouldn't put up with badly written, out-of-date biographies put together by agents, argues Helen Michetschläger. Do it yourself and reap the rewards

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    Hey, I got a social disease

    2012-03-22T00:00:00Z

    Twitter has emerged as a great way for string players to engage with their audiences. But if they try too hard to sell themselves they undermine the whole point of social media, argues Ariane Todes

  • Repeat
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    Play that bit again please

    2012-02-22T00:00:00Z

    Composers included repeats for a reason, but many players choose to exclude them. This is irresponsible, argues Tully Potter, and shows a lack of imagination

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    When violins dominate the world

    2012-02-02T00:00:00Z

    If the double-blind testing of old and new instruments has proven anything, it is that the public is captivated by the subject. Could this fascination herald an Arab Spring for the string world, asks Ariane Todes

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    Help wanted

    2011-12-22T00:00:00Z

    The Louisville Orchestra's management is advertising for musicians – but it's the players themselves who really need a hand, argues Heather Kurzbauer