Charm and Speed: Virtuosity in the Performing Arts (Paperback)Christie Victoria (author)
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Critics and theorists will find this book comprehensive and illuminating. And for that vast group of budding aspirants (and their mentors) who desire to "make it", to figure out where they are going, how far and why, the insights contained herein are key to survival. No dance or drama studio, regional theatre, music school, or conservatory can afford to ignore this hard look at the realities of classical performance art and training. For those whose vocation is performance, this is required reading.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 167
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 mm
Edition: New edition
"In `Charm and Speed', V. A. Howard shares his astute analysis of virtuosity with considerable charm and just the right pace to keep things interesting." (David N. Perkins, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
"The philosophical analyses are undergirded by the author's nuanced feel for the actualities of performance based on his own experience as a singer and audience member and on his extraordinarily rich historical knowledge of the lives and practices of great artists and their teachers - all of which he uses in masterful (and often amusing) fashion to illustrate his more abstract philosophical analyses. `Charm and Speed' is the most profound, most complete, most engagingly written treatment of virtuoso performance artistry and of the multiple issues that intersect with it I have read. Until now, virtuosity has not received much attention from philosophers and art critics. This landmark work rights the balance. It offers an original and wonderfully coherent account of virtuosity which should allow musicians, dancers, painters, sculptors, and other performance artists, and their varied audiences, to talk more sensibly and clearly to each other about what it is that great artists achieve in their work. `Charm and Speed' will be an invaluable intellectual resource and guide for all of them." (Thomas Ewens, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Rhode Island School of Design)
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