The work shown at the current exhibition of the Bulawayo Art Club sustains a higher general level of quality than in most previous years.
Competence is evident; the disappointment is that there is not much work to delight the senses or to challenge the imagination. Continue reading “Exhibition has a higher quality”
Diploma students from the Rhodesian Academy of Music provided an entertaining lunch-hour recital at Bulawayo City Hall yesterday.
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The standard of Bulawayo Municipal Orchestra’s playing under Hugh Fenn at the City Hall last night provided a further eloquent plea for the orchestra’s survival.
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Israeli pianist Mindru Katz’s total involvement in the music he is playing makes his performance (City Hall, Bulawayo, last night) often as urgent and intense as the act of composition must have been.
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Seven proficient young soloists playing last night with the Bulawayo Municipal Orchestra under conductor Hugh Fenn engendered ample confidence in Bulawayo’s musical future.
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The Bulawayo Chronicle
I declined the line-by-line debate with H.G. Sendall on the function of art in society because it would take considerable space adequately to traverse all the issues involved, and I am far from certain that the argument would be of general interest to your readers.
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I remember the late Walter Murch, one of America’s foremost realist painters of this century, saying to a student during a life drawing class: “Don’t ever be concerned with literal accuracy – your responsibility is not to the subject, it’s to the painting or drawing you are making”.
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There was a refreshing modesty about the Italian violinst Salvatore Accardo and his accompanist Niccolo Parente who played in the Bulawayo City Hall last night – not merely personal reticence, but an avoidance of self-regarding virtuosity and of the precariousness with which many performers draw attention to their sensitivity.
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A strong case could be made for the proposition that the anger of one man changed the whole course of Western music. Beethoven’s letters abound with distress at his deafness, his social ineptitude and at the shallowness of a society which fawned on the nobility but patronized and exploited genius.
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No composer is more difficult for a pianist than Mozart. It is not that there are so many notes, but the executants requires the humanity to seek out the music’s raw- edged tragic core, yet enough composure to avoid unsettling its courtly elegance.
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