Impressions, series 5
Technique seems to be that subtle mastery of the technical aspects of craft which distinguishes one artist from another. This is, I suspect, a nonsensical statement and perhaps tautological. What I really mean is I’ve connected the word with an absurd image of Rubens holding a brush and another of a young Leonardo looking simply morose. But really when I think about technique I think about playing the piano.
There is, of course, the fascinating study of Glenn Gould’s two interpretations of Bach’s Goldberg Variations—about which some of my readers know a great deal more than I do, and may chime in with enlightenment if they wish (you know who you are, Eric).
But of course there’s a wonderful conflation of all kinds of technique—pacing and performance and musical interpretation and writing—in what follows. What you will see is the strength and beauty of the art that can be achieved when a consummate master of technique—in fact,
a genius—uses his ability for good.
After that, I’m not sure what more could be said.
[UPDATE: Well, the Victor Borge video I posted turns out to be illegal, and the YouTube account that was hosting it has been shut down because of copyright infringement. Despite its drawing the sting of this post, I have to say I approve. To make up for it, here’s a different video that’s quite legal. And it’s about…something.]