Violinist with sound sensitivity will perform muted music
NEW YORK (AP) — A violinist who has a disorder that makes her sensitive to loud noises will perform an innovative concert in New York City this week, playing quiet music written specifically for her.
Monica Germino says she was advised to quit playing or to wear earplugs lest she further irritate her hyperacusis. The Wall Street Journal reports she took a third option: performing special music with violins designed to play at a softer volume.
Composer Michael Gordon says he came up with the idea after learning Germino stopped playing in 2016 due to her condition. He says the music isn’t difficult to hear, audiences will just have to play attention.
The U.S. premiere of “Muted” — co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic — will play Monday and Tuesday at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust.
Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com