Who comes to mind?
- William Byrd, a crypto-Catholic during a time when that meant you ran the risk of the state cutting off your head, literally.
- Dmitri Shostakovich, an independent thinker stuck under Stalin's thumb
- Lutoslawski, setting Polish folk songs for school children in such a way that they would learn freedom from within
What about the performer? How do we know about the performer's deepest identity when playing? It is a compelling question that I can best address from my work with children and with amateurs. If one plays so as to call attention to the parts one loves most everyone seems to "get it."
My dilemma of the moment is how to announce the repertoire for an upcoming recital that will include two of my all-time most beloved pieces. I want the listeners to know but if I tell them it will probably only distract them.