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Shakespeare Sonnets by William S.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0486  Thursday, 19 February 2004

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Feb 2004 13:13:50 -0800
Subject: 15.0472 Shakespeare Sonnets by William S.
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0472 Shakespeare Sonnets by William S.

Bill Sutton wrote: [snip most of post]

 >"That which we consider to be true art is that which appears not to be
 >art at all."
 >Castiglione

This reminded me of a web site I came upon recently, titled "Decoro,
sprezzatura, grazia." It deals with these three aspects of performance,
and while specifically applying them to musical performance states at
the outset that it can apply to any creative or artistic endeavor from
the most ambitious to the most modest.

The URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bpl/sprezza.htm .

I printed out copies for non-wired musician friends, but for full
benefit turn on your speakers and listen to the examples

The Castiglione tag that Bill uses as his signature is a concise
definition of sprezzatura, and it is what the courtier should strive
for: a nonchalance, an appearance of making the difficult seem
effortless and easy, a "relaxed whimsy."

I don't off-hand think of any Shakespeare passage that restates this
idea, as WS doesn't really say much about the "how" of his art. The
closest I can come is "There's no art to find the mind's construction in
the face," but that isn't quite it. Perhaps some of the sonnets.

And Bill, all best wishes for your sonnet performance. Wish I could be
there!

Nancy Charlton

[Editor's Note: I saw William's show in Edinburgh in 2002 and recommend
it highly.]

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