Well, our lovely Indian summer ended long ago and the cold has definitely arrived here in Paris. Long coats and gloves are out and even popping out for croissants has become an effort.
Nonetheless, it also means that the new year will be here soon, and so in preparation I have finally loaded up the first selection of videos from the Miniatures project.
In this project I want to revive the way people experienced music in the 18th and 19th centuries, which was a time when music was played at home much more than it is now. People heard a piece of music in concert but then they went home and played it as well. We can imagine how much fun it must have been, getting together a few good friends and family for a relaxed gathering like this.
And I think people got more out of music this way. Music was experienced from two different points of view: as audience members and as musicians. People were both inside and outside the sound and so they were more personally involved, which meant that they felt it more.
So this was my challenge: how to recapture this spirit today. Especially now that we are all so busy and don’t have time to play music ourselves.
In this first series of videos I chose to start by recording some music with a small group, the sort of group of friends who would have played music together in the time of Mozart, Beethoven, and even Mahler. The aim is to make available to everyone the experience of playing music this way. That’s also why the musicians are recorded with the mics close-up: so that the sound is just like being in the group itself, or as close as possible anyway.
Everything is on the new Miniatures Project tab. There is also more information on the project and its background, as well as on upcoming recordings.
As always, I look forward to your thoughts and ideas.
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