I recently performed a piece that I think made the audience …uncomfortable.
Now this piece is a twelve-tone (serialist) work. I think it’s awesome. But it’s not the prettiest thing in the world–it is emotional and effective. Now this piece, Do Not Go Gentle…, was written with the Dylan Thomas poem in mind. And it was written and dedicated to the composer’s father. After reading the poem, it was clear to me that Smith Brindle intended this piece to sound exactly as it does.
Some musicians like to say that people don’t like music because they don’t understand it. I disagree. It’s not as if the point of music is to break it down and understand every little bit. Sometimes the most exciting things are the parts you don’t understand! Understanding music is great, but music is emotional too–not just intellectual.
It’s okay just not like something. Really. You won’t hurt my feelings, and I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to listen.
To conclude my little rant, I’d like direct your attention to Holly Mulcahy’s article How to Alienate your Audience in 10 Easy Steps: Musicians. Number three relates to this post, but the entire article is great.