Why is it that we all seek more speed?

Why being faster, faster, and faster?
There’s a threshold to brain processing.

Muscle memory has virtually no limits, though. I often play so fast that my brain can’t keep up!

I want to address a “dispute” that seems to have been going on forever, yet going nowhere to this day.

Has virtuosity something to do with speed?

Virtuosity is a great skill (originating from old Norse/Icelandic “Skil” which means “discernment/knowledge”) in music or another artistic pursuit.

Speed is the rate at which someone or something is able to operate.

There is much more than speed in any musical performance…

Total finger independence is way harder to achieve than cramming a bazillion notes in the shortest amount of time possible.

This is just an example.

Give me any instrument, and I’ll show you which skill is required to achieve a technique or another.

My take is that speed and virtuosity are often used as one same word/concept/ideal, and this is not acceptable.

You can be a virtuoso without using speed (not the dope, you headcases) and you can play at face-melting speed without being a virtuoso.

[Edit: 11/10/11.]

Check this article out.

Also, consider Chopin’s take on the topic being addressed now:

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”