Balleilakka Performance Question
Date: March 17, 2014
I am student teaching through the University of Southern Maine and am currently preparing Balleilakka by A.R Rahman/arr. Ethan Sperry.
This piece is sung in the Tamil language and has a 144 tempo mark. I have seen it performed at this mark and while it is certainly impressive to listen to, you do lose most of the inflection/enunciation of the words. On the other hand, listening/watching performances of it at a slower tempo seems to cause the performance to lose some of its drive.
My question is--which would you reinforce with your students in a school setting? Emphasis on the text/inflection/enunciation or mastering the text and rhythms at tempo? Both are important skill sets and obviously would be covered but it seems as though for a performance, you would have to choose one or the other!
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