Monday, June 22, 2009

Grace & Gesture

Here's Terry Teachout's latest Almanac entry:

>>"When a person expends the least amount of motion on one action, that is grace."

Anton Chekhov, letter to Maxim Gorky (Jan. 3, 1899)<<

I keep having the notion that gesture is a primal aspect of music making that's not often talked about. It seems to be the best way of talking about how emotional content is communicated from music maker to audience. This quote helps me think about how some music makers communicate better than others. No matter what emotion the gesture is meant to convey, the less extraneous motion, the better it will probably be conveyed to most audience members.

It also ties into the notion of authenticity.

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