>That's occurred to me too. I always thought it would be a neat idea for a
>competition to have piece of music assigned (or agreed upon by the
>skaters) and see how various skaters would interpret the same music. Hey,
>these ideas may be cheesy but they can't be any worse than Battle of the
Actually, this idea has some merit (depending upon the music selected, of
course.) The Van Cliburn Piano Competition has the field compete with solo
works, chamber music works, and a piano/orchestral work. (That's showing
versatility. In skating, it would be like having the skaters compete in
singles, pairs and precision all in the same contest.)
To the point: One of the solo works every competitor must present is a
piece specially written for that year's contest, which each competitor
receives and learns only a short time (I don't remember exactly, but 3
weeks comes to mind) before the competition starts. This shows how well
you can understand, learn, interpret and present a piece of music which no
one has ever studied or recorded before.
Now, obviously in skating we're not going to see skaters work up a program
to brand new music, but I could see asking the field to put together a
program - even improvise one - to a song or arrangement or actual
classical music that is identified, say, a month before the contest. To
make it fair, make the whole contest that way - one program done with
planning to a rock (or whatever is chosen) song with an attitude (mood
optional), and the second done on the spot to some classical warhorse
everybody has heard, or if we're daring, to something unusual.
Could be fun to watch, particularly if the pieces are fun & the attitude
of the competition is lighthearted. Would be B O R I N G in the extreme if
the songs are too long, too heavy, and if the commentators present it as a
high-drama athletic event.
I like your idea, Sandy!
Peg (Okay, now you know I'm an unemployed classical musician. Wanna make
something of it? ;-D )