This portrait volé of Peter Vizard was painted without his knowledge by the French artist Michel Temim : he discovered its existence through a member of staff at the Frédéric Chopin conservatoire who had seen it in a restaurant the evening before. It was part of an exhibition of Temim’s works near the Paris Stock Exchange (la Bourse). It appears that that some of the artist’s friends had suggested it was a fake : “No-one stops at traffic lights”, they said.
However, Peter Vizard – a keen cyclist – stops at traffic lights. He thinks it important in a changing world to respect the laws that have allowed society to flourish and develop over the years. A non-conformist himself, he knows that without an opposing force, there’s no point in rebellion, except that he points out that being a rebel in classical music is relatively easy because of an abundance of consensus.
He thinks that we have a too great a concordance of opinion about how music should be played (can you tell the difference between most readings of instrumental or orchestral masterpieces ?) and thinks that our apparent love of convention would make most composers cringe we love to admire.
Given time, he will remind you of Berlioz and Lélio (“O Shakespeare, Shakespeare, toi dont les premières années passèrent inaperçues…”) or of Schumann and the Davidsbündler !
He thinks it’s about time we abolished the art of music and went back to the science of music.
Like it used to be.