Music for Use

Music for Use

Yeah, it's a TED Talk. But hey, it's Evelyn Glennie, what's not to like?

Cooper Ottum

If short on time, just watch from the drop point (about 1:30) through the end of the second time she plays the snare drum piece. There's something to her brief discussion of a "shallow" interpretation of the music versus a deeper interpretation that applies things from life experiences, things that happen away from the instrument. 

If the composer has done his or her job well, I should hope that the end product is not the indications on a page. The notation is just there as a guide, as a map that helps the musician (and, hopefully, the audience) find the music that the composer wanted to capture for more than a fleeting moment. 

http://youtu.be/IU3V6zNER4g?t=1m30s