Monday, December 11, 2006


Let's see how does this work again. The last try wasn't as successful.

Anyway. Child prodigees on the menu this time. You know, the kind that can play everything, on any instrument, at any time of day or night. I watched this documentary the other day on BBC world about that young Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti (Italian name, I know...). The girl plays, I guess since I never heard her live (only on the documentary), very well. About 19 YO. Very confident of herself, like everybody at this age. With managers, and an exclusive contract with a major record company.


Not the first, nor the last one, would some people think. Me too.

I have to connect here another programme from BBC world I watched: it was an interview with Sting. He said one wise thing that all professional musicians should keep in mind: when asked about the differences between the '80s and now in the music business. He said that nowadays it is a corporate business, run by huge companies,with profit in their mind etc.

So, back to Nicola. She does look good, and she does practice hard. She has a very good violin (and here's the point: the kind of which NOT many violinists of her age would have the possibility to put their hands on). Everything OK until now, more or less. Yet, everybody around her, and the main responsible should be the family, has forgotten that she's just a 19 years old woman. A teenager that plays the violin, smells it, thinks about it, travels with it, lives from it. A teenager that probably has very little to do with anything else teenagers do...

I believe this to be the sickness of our art. If of course, you think that we are doing art. (I think that this is business, but I can write about it later). If you meet professionals of other branches that have studied music at some early point of their lives, you'll find them to be very good at what they do. Mostly because they learned a bunch of important things while studying music, except of course music itself. When, on the other hand, you meet successful classical musicians, you'll rarely find some that are very well educated, with a broad cultural knowledge, and some kind of open mindness.

Why does this hapen? 1. Maybe because they spent their youth in a room alone with an instrument, while they often supposed to be outside playing with other kids? 2. Maybe because travelling 9-10 months/year, while giving 80-120 concerts is NOT the most natural thing to do? Especially if you do it for, let's say, 30-40 years...

Anyway, I don't have anything personal with Nicola or anyone like her. I cannot, nevertheless, stand on the side, and watch as these young colleagues are being exploited. This is all about: exploitation. Nicola and the likes, could have practiced their instrument few more years, and then, completely ready, would indeed conquer the concert halls of the world. Now, they just think they do it. Or, in the best case, they do it for few years -as long as they can- and then well, you know there is another young talent, we have to have her/him...

The subject is huge, I have to stop here. Cheers.

photo credit Colin Bell/Universal

Nicola's homepage

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IdentityCafe said...

greetings monsieur! Such a nice surprise to find you through another blog!(@doncat)
How Internet has eliminated distances...

Μολις γυρισα απο Brentano String Quartet concert. Παιζανε Bartok και εχω φοβερο κολημα μαζι του. (μου θυμιζει και τη λατρευτη ουγγαρια)
Καληνυχτα αγαπητε!

N.Ago said...

Μετά τη ψηφοφορία (12/12/2006) από την πλειοψηφία στη Βουλή της Αλβανίας, η χώρα δεν έχει πλέον την Ακαδημία των Επιστημόνων! Αργά τη νύχτα, ψηφίστηκε το νομοσχέδιο της κυβέρνησης(;) «Για την Ακαδημία των Επιστημόνων» με 75 ψήφους υπέρ(!) 2 κατά και 3 παρών! Σύσσωμη η αντιπολίτευση, απείχε της διαδικασίας, διαμαρτυρόμενη για το πρωτοφανές αυτό γεγονός. Η επιστημονική, ακαδημαϊκή και εκπαιδευτική κοινότητα, εκλιπαρούσανε, θεωρώντας την πράξη αυτή ως έγκλημα κατά της επιστήμης, η κυβέρνηση ωστόσο επέμενε και κατάφερε τελικά, να κλειδώσει τις πόρτες τον Ερευνητικών Ινστιτούτων που ήταν υπό την Ακαδημία!

Οι βουλευτές του PBDNJ(Κόμμα για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα) Spiro Peçi και Leonard Solis ήταν αυτοί που ψήφισαν κατά του νομοσχεδίου και οι Leonard Demi(PD), Ymer Tola(PDK, Niko Nerenxi(PAA) δήλωσαν παρών!

Παρακαλώ πολύ, αν το γεγονός αυτό σε αγγίζει κι εσένα, είτε κάνε μια αναφορά είτε ανέβασε την είδηση στο δικό σου μπλογκ! Έτσι, η φωνή της διαμαρτυρίας, θα δυναμώσει και θα κάνει τους παχύδερμους και αυταρχικούς κυβερνώντες στην Αλβανία, να σκεφτούνε καλά, πριν οριστικοποιήσουν την ειδεχθή τους πράξη!
Φιλικά, N.Ago

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