[78-L] Older musicians

Don Cox doncox at enterprise.net.invalid
Tue Apr 14 04:09:53 PDT 2015

On 07/04/2015, Joe Salerno wrote:

> Some might limit themselves to certain keys. Abbey Simon, no 78s that
> I know of, was in a car accident and his hands were injured. He
> rebuilt his technic, but some keys are more painful than others so he
> doesn't play in those keys. Leon Fleisher lost the use of his right
> hand for 35 years, played only with the left hand, until he got the
> use of the RH back thru Rolfing and other healing modalities. Paul
> Witgenstein, who made a few 78s before he lost his arm, lost his right
> arm in WW1, so he played left hand literature only, like the Ravel D
> Maj Concerto, commissioned works, and taught. These 2 are rather
> extreme examples. Is this what you meant?

Nobody has mentioned what I notice most when listening to recordings of
older musicians. This is the loss of accuracy in timing. There is also a
tendency to play more slowly.

Lional Hampton is a good example.

I don't know if there are any ways around this problem.

Don Cox
doncox at enterprise.net

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