Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Old and the New

The Old and the New by susanvg
The Old and the New, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
What you can't see in this photograph is what intrigued me. I was at a concert by Arion. The soloist was David Breitman, a fortepiano player. For the second half of the concert he played as part of the orchestra. Arion is a baroque orchestra - playing on period instruments (instruments that would have been played at the time the music was composed) as well as using techniques (e.g. a different bowing style) of the time. A fortepiano is a precursor to the piano. Breitman walked out with a tablet, not a paper score. He had a foot pedal with which he advanced the pages. Of course this is easier with a fortepiano as there are no pedals on the instrument. It was an odd juxtaposition, but the music was really what it was all about - and that was lovely.


  1. I had to smile at this - so interesting how tech is used.

  2. Hi,Susan.
    It seems like you had a great time at the baroque concert. I can imagine the beautiful sound of fortepiano and how different it would sound from the present piano. I love baroque music too. It is lovely to hear every line sing in detail. I like it when pianists pay attention to small details and make them come alive in their performance.