“…the whole performance is as if we are being told a series of strange, beautiful and disturbing secrets” – Parvula Sed Satis, September 2012
Unsurprisingly, being both a classical and a nonclassical musician, I’m frequently asked by people on both sides of the divide what the difference really is. I usually make a horrible mess of answering. The most obvious, and seemingly fundamental, is that classical music is much, much harder. Harder to a point where it can be difficult to make nonclassical listeners understand how much work has to go into your preparation and training, and classical colleagues stumble over the idea of why anyone would want to be involved in music that isn’t so hard, if they’re able to do the fancy stuff.
Personally, the biggest difference probably lies in the fact that the majority of what I perform on the alternative scene is music I’ve…
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