09 november 2018

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Adagio Music Institute gives a big importance to chamber music. We believe that playing together is one of the most beautiful things about music. When playing chamber music we learn not only how to play together, but also how to listen to each other and be creative as a team.

For this and many other reasons, Adagio includes chamber music projects in our programmes Two and Three. Teachers will decide when and who is going to play together in these projects. Our aim is to create chamber music groups that are going to share a joy of music together, learn a lot, and perform in several concerts.

The Importance of Chamber Music

Chamber ensembles typically have between two and sixteen members, with an unlimited combination of instruments. Performing in these ensembles has many benefits and provides numerous opportunities for players of all levels; enhanced musical technique and understanding, a vast amount of performance opportunities, and exposure to new and different styles of music. Studying chamber music creates more well rounded and enlightened musicians, regardless of age. Musicians who study chamber music will enjoy an enhanced ability to listen and hear every detail of the music. Often chamber music is performed without a conductor. This puts a greater responsibility on the players to know how their part fits within the overall musical idea by listening intently to his/her fellow players. Without a leader, the musicians must keep their own pulse and move as one organic unit. This advanced level of listening enhances a player’s musical ability whether the selected work is simply for a duet or a complex 16-piece chamber ensemble.

How Does It Benefit Your Playing?

Chamber music can also quickly develop a player’s technical abilities and confidence. Even in the larger chamber groups (8+ players), each part typically gets some solo time, or at least some exposure. A melodic passage might bounce around, showing off the different instrument colours or abilities unique to that instrument, and unlike in a full ensemble, there won’t be several other people on the part for back up. This should motivate the players to prepare as much as possible since it’s individuals, and not sections, playing each part. Music in general is a great way to build team work, but chamber music takes that to a whole new level. Having to depend on each other and work together to bring the music to life brings everyone closer. With there being so few people in the ensemble it is easy for players to discuss issues they might be having, or musical ideas they would like to develop. This is why chamber music has been called “Music of Friends.”