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Kreisler and others did it, but I'm not sure if modern soloists do it at all. Why not? Its kind of boring that the modern soloists are outstanding players, but perhaps not worthy artists. What then defines a soloist? I'm not even sure whether they are much better than the concertmaster. As an amateur I would love to write my own cadenza for the Brahms concerto for example, hopefully it being comparable to the Joachim and Busch.
Don't you find that musicians as people are either the 'scientific' or 'artistic' type?
I've noticed that about lots of people I know. I know I'm 'scientific', or 'mathematical' because I have an analytical mind, and I'm usually pretty good at something which is mapped out in front of me. At school I was always helping friends who repeatedly flunked exams, but they were so good at dancing or making things. I also paint, but I'm trying to rid myself of the scientific analytical part of my mind to be a better artist. I'm hopeless at creativity and I'm always awed by those artistic ones who can take a piece of written music and make it come alive.
Surely there are lessons in changing one's mind set.
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