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|As a classical pianist, myself...
Written by Jasmine D
(4/12/2013 11:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Piano playing in Chapter 6, penned by Srirup
...I'll try to answer your questions.
As Jeffrey noted below, I think Elizabeth played with more expression and artistic taste. Mary may have had dazzling technique, but there was no "soul" in her playing. That makes a huge difference in a performance. As a piano teacher, I try to guide my students to go past correct notes and good technique and to actually expressing and communicating emotions. The difference in performance is almost tangible. An expressive performance touches you in a way that a mechanical performance does not. So, yes, it is possible for two people to play the same piece, and yet for the two performances to sound so different.
As to Mary playing a concerto without orchestral accompaniment. It could be possible that she just played the piano part. But I think it is more likely that she played a transcription of a concerto. Back before the days of recordings, the only way to hear a piece of music was to play it. So, there were a lot of symphonies and operas arranged for piano solo or piano duet. I imagine that concertos were also arranged and this is probably what Mary played.
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