Re: Classical Mandolin solo Videos on YouTube
A WONDERFUL performance, indeed!
In fact, some of the nicest elements of this interpretation by Alex are those I didn't write! Yes, an ornament here, an ornament there... why not? The era of the composer-qua-dictator is over! I'm all too happy to witness a "newly enlightened" approach ushered in, whereby composer and performer are seen as partners, NOT as in corporate chains-of-command, whereby the former rains down curt, officious memos on the latter. Bah!
Musical "literalism", of course, came about out of the justified despair of composers upon watching (or rather hearing) their works mutilated by careless performers, unscrupulous producers and egomaniac conductors. So the current, "Play the ink!" moral/professional standard emerged as a safeguard against gross abuses. In the process, however, much of the spontaneity of music was lost.
So it is a sheer delight to see one of my works in the hands of a performer whom I trust 100%, and whose liberties with it are truly embellishments, personal contributions that make the piece ever so much more beautiful than could ever be conveyed with little black dots on paper.
Three cheers for Alex!
It is not man who lives, but his work. (Ioannis Kapodistrias)