I've had glasses to see far away for many years, but I have great up close vision. Which means that I shouldn't need my glasses to read music. But for some reason I've been debating ever since on what I like best, particularly for performances. I realized last year that it all depends on a few important things.
- How clear the score is: Is it all one color or are there some streaks through? Do the notes get smaller or go up on the side of the page? How many parts are you reading at once (as an accompanist I sometimes have to go back and forth between an upper instrumental part, the singer's part and the piano part)?
- Lighting: This depends on the lighting of the room and the position of your score, for example a light right behind you can reflect too much on the score and create some blind spots, a light on the side can create shadows on the score, etc. The weather plays an important part if you are performing in a room with windows, and you don't always know what a role it will play until the actual performance. That's why I have been keeping my glasses on the piano, in case I need them at the last minute.
- Who you play with: If I play a recital with one singer, chances are I can get the breaths and any other important information even without my glasses, but when I music direct and that I take my cues from actions on the stage I definitely wear my glasses.
What is your solution for glasses or contacts and performance? Do you always do the same thing or does it depend?
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