This is a very important decision for which every conductor must make a choice in preparing a performance: Am I going to give an aesthetic performance or an entertainment performance?
What do we mean by the word Aesthetic? Aesthetics was a subject created by Aristotle some 3,000 years ago. He also created, at the same time, a new branch of Philosophy called Aesthetics. Aristotle was writing a book intended for young playwrights. The subject of this book was the most formal stage production of his time, Tragedy. He also wrote a book on how to write entertainment stage works, but that book is lost. The book on Tragedy which has survived is called Posey, a word which was derived from the word “poetry,” because in Aristotle’s time all stage works were given in poetry.Continue reading →