Tengstrand gave an enjoyable pre-concert talk about two of the pieces he was playing: the 1st Schubert Op 90 impromptu and Beethoven Op 14 No 2. His contemporaries thought that Beethoven was an even greater improviser than he was a pianist or composer, which is an interesting and scary thought (same can be said about JS Bach I suppose). It's also interesting to reflect that Beethoven overlapped a lot with Mozart (20 years) and Chopin (18 years) as well as Schubert (40 years, he was basically a younger contemporary). Tengstrand said that Schubert was a master of a transition from 4 time to 3 time as was Beethoven but he couldn't think of an immediate example. I suggested the 2nd movement of the Pathetique so Tengstrand decided to play it as an encore.
He is indeed a very intelligent and interesting player, and it was a great pleasure to meet him.
A smorgasbord of Scandianvian tongues
United by music
As photographs of places in the sagas
Echo the centuries
Harmonies, dissonance, rythm, counterpoint
In music and landscape
|Fig 1b from Vaidya et al. A cooperative system comprised of three subsystems.|
Numbers over arrows estimate the cooperative advantage for each step.
I think the most fundamental point is that there are astronomically more potential networks of genes/pre-genese than there are individual genes. As always the whole idea of a "selfish gene" is a complete nonsese, genes (and their precursors) can only act in cooperation. This point is made in the accompanying News and Views - though slightly pulling the punches possibly in deference to the Dawk and his followers.