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La Toccata de Pasquini

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like YouTube. Almost everyone I know has confessed, at some time or another, to having been sucked into a vortex of fascination and losing (track of) time. Can young musicians actually learn much from watching videos? I’d contend that the answer is a resounding, yes!

They can hear how an unknown piece sounds; see how the hands move; hear how changes in tempo and dynamics can help to shape a piece; notice how the accenting of some notes and the subduing of others can result in solo music having several simultaneous layers and sounding more like ensemble music. There is also encouragement to be had in, for example, being spurred on by seeing someone younger than oneself turn in a commanding performance, or someone older making heavy weather of something you’d found quite straightforward.

One thing I have lately found YouTube nudging me towards is comparing various interpretations of the same piece, thanks to the related videos box to the right of the screen. While looking for Leo Browuer‘s Estudio Sencillo No. 1, a piece played by many S3/S4 pupils, I stumbled upon an explosive performance by Wang Yameng of the 3rd movement of Browuer’s Sonata, written in 1990 for Julian Bream. The movement, entitled La Toccata de Pasquini could, I feel, only have been written by a guitarist.

Before long, I had watched ten performances, resulting in a heightened awareness of differences in technique; interpretation; performance spirit; posture; ergonomics of hand movements; quality of film and sound recording; location; lighting. Strictly speaking, these are not in any order, but the top three impressed me the most. What also appeals to me about this situation is the democracy of it. The grace and favour of promoters, agents, publishers is not required. All you need to do is learn the piece, film it and post it.

Wang Yameng [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/SI9YaHGhXg4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Costas Cotsiolis [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/juhfMkPMnEo" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Chaconne Klaverenga [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/cGlcOi0DVtM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Carlo Marchione [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/3_hERDYeIYk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Oman Kaminsky [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/3Y-gG7i1Esw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Ali Jorge Arango [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/hfwG39dXEeQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Roman Viazovskiy [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ie5O9l7UkNQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Dušan Oravec [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/jUmk2RvntUk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Nemanja Ostojic [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/aoTxOVQy9pw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Diego Barber [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/B3pwGhuvEqc" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]