Piano playing in Chapter 6
Written by Srirup
(4/12/2013 8:04 a.m.)
A few points:
How is it possible for Elizabeth to give greater pleasure to the listeners than Mary though not playing half so well? As I see it that may be possible if the choice of pieces were different: eg Mary playing boring classic while Lizzy rocked them with current favourites. But JA implies it was the style rather than content which the listeners liked. So I would like to ask if how it can be that two persons play the same piece and the audience prefers the one whose playing is worse?
By now (Chapter 6) we can see that Darcy is a little interested in Lizzy. This may or may not become one of the major stories of the book. So is Darcy’s interest also affected by Lizzy’s piano playing? After all he is part of the audience who listens to her with great pleasure. Is this significant?
And lastly, how is it possible for Mary to play a concerto without an orchestra? Did JA mean sonata?