Category Archives: Art

Talent, Potential and “Trainability”. What exactly DO we look for in a student?

It’s often seems to me like there are three kinds of singers. The first is what the Germans call a “Naturtalent”, a natural talent. We’ve all heard the stories; Caruso sang Rodolfo when he was 19, Angelina Patti made her … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Ignorance

There’s an expression in German; “Besserwisser”. In English we say: „Know it All“. The literal translation of Besserwisser is a Better Knower, or one who just always ‘knows better’. Put that way, it sounds kind of desirable. Remember that sentence … Continue reading

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LOOKING FORWARD The Virtues of Anticipation

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I love looking forward to things. There’s something so sweet and grand about somehow being fully in the here and now and, at the same time, tasting a future event fully. There’s something about that … Continue reading

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Enthusiasm – A Vessel for The Gods

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden Remember a time when you were younger and discovered something new you absolutely loved? You couldn’t wait to get back to it. It filled your mind and your heart. Remember describing this activity and your … Continue reading

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Communal Orgies of Emotion

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden I don’t exactly know where I heard this expression for the first time; an article, a speech, a dream? I wrote it down as a metaphor for good singing and promised myself I’d blog about … Continue reading

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Sport, Entertainment and Art

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden The distinction between Sport, Entertainment and Art is much more than just a semantic one. This distinction, together with our definition and attitude toward it make our goals, our dreams and our values transparent. I … Continue reading

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That Striving for Perfection– KINTSUKOROI, Wabi-Sabi, Mahayana Buddhism and whatever else

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s that growth impulse in human beings which I find fascinating. Biological growth and psychological growth follow patterns that we can influence, to be sure. When we’re not consciously influencing (learning, working out, dieting, practicing) … Continue reading

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