“Discovering music’s ability to create metaphor – and enchantment.” – Rebirth: The Future of Classical Music

Check out the discussion over at "Rebirth: Future of Classical Music". The comment quoted below is a great idea to help listeners connect with the "experience" of classical music, by blurring the sacrosanct "rules" of traditional performances. I am all for this, and look forward to hearing more on this discussion. Advocates for New Ways to Listen to Classical Music - Rebirth: The Future of Classical Music.

The following comment is by Kim Diehnelt, conductor in Finland and Switzerland. Her professional website is HERE.

I'd love to tell you about the Classical Connoisseur presentations I began this summer.

I take a wine-tasting approach to music. I hope to get the next one on video, as it is rather difficult to explain what i do. I'll let you know when that happens! ---from my website blurb:

Classical music is one of the world’s pleasures: an art to explore, savor, and enjoy. As the Classical Connoisseur, Kim guides listeners through tastings of qualities, styles, and characters of music and performers. With a focus on music as an event to experience, rather than an object to dissect, she provides insights into tuning-in, comparing sound events, and building a hearing-vocabulary and sensitivity to metaphor. In this ground-breaking approach - and in her dynamic personal manner - Maestra Kim “conducts” listeners to greater perception and enjoyment of this great art.

(Presentations can be paired with actual wine-tastings)

"The Classical Connoisseur fills an urgent need of today’s listener. Audiences are hungry to explore what it is they are hearing – not in terms of the anatomy of music, but through discovering music’s ability to create metaphor - and enchantment."

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6 comments for ““Discovering music’s ability to create metaphor – and enchantment.” – Rebirth: The Future of Classical Music

  1. Ross McGary
    June 14, 2011 at

    It is so delightful to hear of someone who is helping rediscover classical music through the use of metaphors. While such metaphors may (even most likely) not be the intent of the composer, it seems to be very helpful to listeners to have an enchanting narrative in mind through the use of creative metaphors. It increases listening well and the connection of mind and body in response to the metaphysics and aesthetics of the musical performance.

    • June 15, 2011 at

      Hi Ross. Indeed. The musical experience is felt by the whole being, body mind and spirit. So any help toward that end is good. Thanks for your comment. David

  2. Kathy Williams
    August 12, 2010 at

    I totally agree!! For the last few years I have worked with the organist at the Albert St Uniting Church to present concerts that are all about celebrating the joy of making music. We create imaginative themes that link all the pieces and tell funny stories about each piece we play. It all started with a British themed concert in 2007, Pomps, Pipes, Clarinet and Circumstances, followed by An Afternoon at the Opera, full of opera fantasias for both clarinet and organ, an all German Ocktoberfest concert, Duets for One, a concert played to a backing of the second part of the clarinet duet, at times one could not tell which was live and which was recorded, and recently a Celebration of American Music on Independence Day, July 4th. We have another concert coming up in October, entitles "A Pair of Schus" (shoes, geddit), a celebration of the wonderful music of Schumann and Schubert, for clarinet, soprano, piano and organ. Other concerts I have in mind are, It Takes two to Tango, Hungarian Rhapsody (the organist is from Hungary), All Bach No Bite, and Mostly Mozart. The possibilties are endless!!

    • August 12, 2010 at

      Hi Kathy- Wow. It sounds like you are very creative with programing ideas. I like the names you come up with. I can relate to that kind of fun.

      Keep in touch. Do you have a blog? Also, I may post your comment if you don't mind.

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