Monday, September 10, 2012

For Children

Someone asked me a wonderful question yesterday morning:  What is the difference between a piece written for children and one written for adults?

The question is profound.  Good compositions for children open the way to fantasy, to fascination, to complex and rich responses touching the realm of dreams or fairy tales. Compositions for adults have, as a rule, some conceptual interface between composer and player--structure, perhaps, or historical context. 

With children sound goes right to the heart and no heart is more open, more vulnerable, more deeply involved than that of a child.