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Re: Reading vs. listening/ writing vs. telling


The point you bring out -- is it the author or the speaker/actor talking -- has its parallel in music: In classical music the performer needs to understand and then convey what he/she thinks the composer's idea was. Because most composers whose work is heard in concert halls are no longer around, different performers will interpret the work differently, just as the one (the actor?) reading the book or poem or play aloud will do it differently from a colleague of his/hers. Yes, the interpret's role is enormous because he/she will make a piece on paper come alive, and because human life has an infinity of dimensions, each interpretation will make the piece breathe, move, rest, rejoice, suffer at different degrees and in different combinations. And here lie the true value and beauty of performing arts.