Ignorance just may be bliss!
So, for example: what IS chamber music anyway? I’ve heard of chamber pots, chamber maids, dressing chambers, chambres du lit. There’s all manner of “chamber,” but I knew nothing about “chamber music” until I was hooked.
Here’s how it happens. You have a friend who calls you one day and says, “So what you doing on Sunday?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” you reply. “I thought I might do some cleaning, maybe take a walk. Just chill.”
“Well, how about taking in a concert?”
“Who’s on?” you respond, remembering all too well the pseudo-Grateful Dead ordeal you were dragged to back in the dark ages of your misspent youth.
“So there are these four guys from Canada. And they play the classics. No, the real classics. You know: like Mozart, Chopin, Bach. They’re supposed to be really, really fine. Wanna go? I’ve got an extra ticket.”
And the hook is baited. Free ticket. The cleaning can wait. What’ve I got to lose?
You go. You look over the program. Yeah, you’ve heard of some of this stuff – might even recognize some of it once you hear it. Then these four guys come out with – no, not electric whizbang strings with amps big enough to blow your eardrums right out of their sockets (or whatever they’re in). Just two violins (non-electric), a viola (big violin sort of) and a cello (not a bass). They take a bow, sit in a semi-circle, adjust the music stands and the sheet music and the guy playing the first violin nods and they’re off!
As you relax and focus your eyes on nothing, you begin to hear the harmonies, the absolute (and I’m really sorry to say this) sweetness of the sounds. No boom-boom-bang-bang; no fools leaping around the stage and crashing into the audience. Just sound, pure sound. It’s like these guys are talking to one another through their strings. And you’re in on the conversation. You don’t have to even strain to hear the words. They’re right there. And you sit back and chill.
– E Doyle
It’s like these guys are talking to one another through their strings. And you’re in on the conversation. You don’t have to even strain to hear the words. They’re right there.