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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2022, 4(9); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2022.040915.

What is the right “Interpretation” and why does it matter


Hechengzi Li

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Hechengzi Li

The Juilliard School, New York, USA


How to interpret a piece of music? Which interpretation is the right one? What defines different approaches to different works? Are musicians allowed to have freedom in their own understanding of the music instead of following what was written on the score? These are hot controversial questions in the classical music industry. In this paper, I will discuss my view on the subject matter and emphasize the importance of the meanings behind the different interpretations and why I think all interpretations matter. I believe that with a deep understanding of the score and the correct way to express emotions through the music, every interpretation is perfectly different but perfectly refined. Every musician is different, and it is the beauty of music to give such possibilities for the musician to create their own stories and colors through the music.


Interpretation; Schumann; Chopin

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Hechengzi Li. What is the right “Interpretation” and why does it matter. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 9: 72-76. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2022.040915.


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