You can’t UNBAKE a cake! (well why would you?) Read on for words of wisdom ….
Participants at our masterclasses often feel they must bring works ‘performance-ready’. Sometimes they feel too embarrassed to play a half learned piece, or perhaps they want a dress rehearsal for some forthcoming exam or event. Dress rehearsals are always a good idea, the more the merrier. But the greatest value from our masterclasses comes when you know the notes (more or less) and there is still… a lot of finishing to do. The purpose of coming all the way to Montemuse, after all, is to learn something, not to show off what you can do. If the piece is ‘fully prepared’ and something is not quite right, it will be VERY hard to undo a habit.
As a much respected professor I know likes to comment, “You can’t unbake a cake”.