S is all about manner.
N is all about matter
If I should know of those great piano artists in the vogue today, I'd say: Tell me your favourite piano player, and I tell you who you are.
Once I lived in the town. I used to go to listen to those great piano performers, the divas and the divos, when they came to give their concerts. Then I would discuss the performer with my father over a glass of wine.
There are two kinds of piano performers.
Two kinds of interpretors.
What is the fundamental difference between them?
Take any sonata of Beethoven.
With every piano player, it is all about interpretation, eh?
What is the deal? What is the big indifference?
To find or to express eh?
The gifted S artist excels in the performance, in the expression of the sonata.
There exist two diverse ways of approach in tuning in. They never match.
Say there is a piano competition. After the performance there follows the inevitable argument about who is the winner, every time.
The never ending quibble.
The judges are much divided. Why?
To some of them the expression means but little. It is all about finding Beethoven or whoever, about finding the message in the music. The message of the composer.
The N artist wants to find the message in the piece of music.
And should she be ambitious, ultimately the mind behind the message.
To tune in with the composer.
Who breaks the rules? What rules? The rules for the S judges and the N judges are never the same. Hence the inevitable heated and long winded argument every time after the performance about who is the winner..
I do not know any situation -where you perceive the fundamental distinction between the S and the N mind drawn in sharper lines- than in the expression of classical music.
In sculpting and painting and architecture the difference is there, too. It is only a way more difficult to define.
To see what is below the table.
With the N artist it is about what. With the S artist it is about how.
There are those critics who see the what in the painting. There are those critics who see how it is done.
The S artist pleases the S critic. The critic is interested in how the artist has done the piece. Another kind of critic is interested in what she has done it for.
There can be no agreement about art or music.
I never cared much for Picasso. It was all about how. I never saw much of what.