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Fiddlerman
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Having played in Malmo Symphony Orchestra so many years, I have great memories of Sixten Ehrling who actually grew up Malmo. MSO was one of his favorite orchestras to conduct. He could make musicians, especially new ones, cry on regular occasions. In his later years we just kind of laughed at his remarks and put downs and he laughed right back. It was as though we finally understood him.

Here are some of the quotes that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra compiled.
Hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.

Pierre

  • You call this an orchestra?
  • Too loud! You're scaring me!
  • It says in the score, "My soul is heavy with sorrow" and I know just what he means.
  • I'm so damn happy about that.
  • I'll give you an early intermission...so you can practice your parts.
  • Can you play this together...approximately?
  • It sounded better fortissimo.
  • ppp isn't it? At least use two of them.
  • Will you be quiet please (foot stomp!!!)
  • What do you think this is, an orchestra? You'd better think again.
  • That was soft enough, my goodness!
  • Don't use col legno...use your head!
  • All right, let's try it again. It can always get worse.
  • I never heard that before...and I don't want to hear it again, either.
  • The balance is not good here. There's too much noise going on for the violins.
  • They cannot possibly play wrong. They have rests.
  • Can we please have a rehearsal now?
  • I don't know what's going on. Hell is loose here again.
  • Play it louder. But only if you play it right, otherwise, pianissimo.
  • Can I ask you: just move your bows in the right direction.
  • Reduced strings for Siegfried Idyll: four, four, three, two and one. And the best players!
  • Will you please let me finish the last chord before you start talking?
  • (to pianist) See how they...it's impossible!
  • Oh my God! That long 'til 3:30!?
  • You want to get out of here? Please! So do I!
  • Did any of you hear what I just said? No? I didn't expect so.
  • Jesus, that's dangerous! You get me all excited, now I have to calm down.
  • (ricochet bowing) Some of us have too much technique...they get through it right away.
  • See? It pays to like things here.
  • Practicing is permitted.
  • Is it mezzo-piano? Make it piano. Put it in and use it.
  • Gentlemen (woodwinds): I appreciate your trying to cover up (the violas) here, but don't play too loud.
  • I hope you're as please to see me as I am to see you.
  • I'd like to make an accelerando, for those who want to mark it.
  • What I need from you is as many pianos as you can put into the part...this is way too heavy.
  • For me it's very easy: I don't make any sound.
  • (when the harp didn't play the 2nd chord) It's not that slow.
  • You have to specify a little bit.
  • The English horn has some grace notes before the beat. Be sure to play it before they come in and kill everything.
  • Is it clear what I'm doing? Really? Not to me, it's not.
  • Were you playing? (no) I wish you would, it's very nice.
  • Was it ok so far?
  • I'm going to take this up to tempo and you can take just a moment to look at it during the break.
  • Maybe we can't hear what's going on, but we can see it.
  • Winds: I'll take that in 4, it's so fast. You don't look at me anyway.
  • For some reason we seem to get stuck here. How about that?
  • Let's do it again. It can only get worse.
  • I'm just interested, has he left for the day?
  • Don't slow down. Don't get too sentimental. Leave that to me.
  • Am I going too fast? (orchestra: "NOOO!!!") I mean tempo.
  • This whole thing is a long flute solo and vice versa.
  • I hope everyone is feeling well. Everyone has been so quiet today I can't believe it.
  • Don't forget the diminuendo. Don't leave home without it.
  • I'm giving it to you now...free!
  • I can't count anymore.
  • For those who want to practice, the bars between #60-61 and #53-54 are identical. Only practice one spot!
  • I don't want anyone to be confused about what I'm doing...except for me.
  • (to self) Who can understand what I'm doing!?
  • Not too slow! We want to get home!
  • It's like a music critic...I don't know where things are.
  • We're missing some of the dynamics...but of course some people are seeing these notes for the first time.
  • It's only an 8th rest, don't make it half an hour...it's not a break.
  • It's always accented, everywhere I hear this piece. Not here, of course.
  • (to bass drum) I wish you would throw yourself over that thing and kill it.
  • I have to have some excuse to go back.
  • It's just one tiny, tiny, thin hair...like mine...late.
  • Sounds like porridge.
  • At 47 the winds are too loud for the strings. Whether you'd want to hear them, I don't know.
  • In the meantime, I'd like the cellos to know where they are.
  • You both played an E#, swear to God, or else cut my ears off.
  • Come on now, by the time you start to play, the symphony's finished.
  • Have you noticed that that is a subito piano?
  • It's so dull...sounds like five dollars an hour or something.
  • Don't play the tied over notes. They're like enemies of music!
  • Well, at least we finished together...that's a good thing.
  • If I had to say something in the beginning, in my poor judgement, I would have to say it's mezzo-piano.
  • (to cello and oboe) It was very well together...only one pitch was not the same, but I'm not going to make you feel bad about that.
  • You might skip the vibrato, as a reward.
  • It shouldn't be together...I've never heard it so well together.
  • Would you like a cue? What am I doing here? I have nothing better to do.
  • I'm talking to myself...you can listen if you want to.
  • I think every damned note has a flat except for the ones that have a double flat.
  • This must be a Promenade Concert: everybody's walking out.
  • OK, is there anything else that you don't like?
  • I know you have an artistic advisory committee in this orchestra. You'll tell me if I get too sentimental...
  • It's not necessary for you nine players to be in three rows...unless you hate each other or something.
  • That was supposed to be a cue, this thing here I did.
  • I'm afraid to get too fast because we'll have this oatmeal thing.
  • Would you double that? I'd rather not hear 2 flutes than not hear one.
  • It comes out like the triplest piano I eaver heard.
  • Sounds like oatmeal from the day before yesterday.
  • Would it be of any interest to you if I gave you a cue there?
  • Wince I last saw you a week ago, I've retired. When you're 65, you retire. So if my tempos seem slower, it's because I've retired.
  • Play it even softer...that always impresses audiences.
  • It sounds like someone kicking a pile of wood.
  • Don't hold that note so long...you could build a house on it.
  • We last played this at Meadowbrook in '77 and before that in '76. You see, I keep track of all the crimes we commit.
  • Please put an a tempo there for now. You can put the ritenuto back in next week when I'm not here.
  • Please! Keep in touch. You may even want to look at me 8 before D.
  • It's too heavy here. If you have anything important to say, don't say it here.
  • If I don't give a better beat, I'll kill someone.
  • I was faster than anybody because I was hearing.

 

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Not only funny, I've witnessed a few such orchestral boo-boo's !

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DanielB said 

.... You are a professional musician now, you gotta act like it, ok?" 

(in When can I say that I play the violin)

 

Perhaps Sixten Ehrling would have made this remark as well.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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Play it louder. But only if you play it right, otherwise, pianissimo.

 

This has to be my favorite.

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Look what I found.  I guess now we all know who the orchestra clown was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....nFWNHNpjRY

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Kevin M. said 

Look what I found.  I guess now we all know who the orchestra clown was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....nFWNHNpjRY


Mad_Wed said 

That way we all should look like while playing! =)) dancingsmile

FiddlerMan is really having fun here: 

Mike Patton in Malmo

 That video made my day.!. and look at that 2 guys on the back =))

COOL! party

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Naska made this post here:
http://fiddlerman.com/forum/sh.....in/page-2/ 

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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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It is only by a vigorous and concentrated commitment to perfection of the art that this level of playing can be achieved. 

gold_star

"Practicing is permitted"  (thought for the day)

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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My favorite tongue for HeadCheese of course.

  • Gentlemen (woodwinds): I appreciate your trying to cover up (the violas) here, but don't play too loud.

LOL @ Pierre practice or something! Looks like a lot of fun, totally changed my perception of what an orchestra is about  dancing

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My practice suggestion was not for FM, but those who aspire to that rank.  Besides which his score in the video was mostly a bunch of rests which is what allowed the shenanigans in the first place.  ( You know, "idle hands")

I'm sure it all worked out well.

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*Laughing out loud*  The conductor comments and the video with FM - there go all my impressions of solemn orchestra rehearsals.

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I think Naska meant to say (rehearsal) Oliver...... Yep, I like to have fun at rehearsals and they couldn't fire me for that. LOL

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LoL!

i like those:

"I never heard that before…and I don't want to hear it again, either."

"Sounds like oatmeal from the day before yesterday."

"Is it clear what I'm doing? Really? Not to me, it's not."

He's awesome! heart

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and what exactly is the sound of  "oatmeal from the day before yesterday" ?

 

Swedish speed perhaps?roflol

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Kevin M. said
Look what I found.  I guess now we all know who the orchestra clown was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....nFWNHNpjRY

 

That video linked to this one:

Pierre - did you give Jerry's hair back to him? LOL The style of the times, eh? I can't believe you did two takes at almost 15 minutes each. Ouch!

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Wait untill U see some of Pierre's other stuff. You gotta see the leather pants.  I  guess he went through a phase.cheers

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You won't find that stuff online. smile
I must have given him the hair back because I don't have much left. LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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I have seen you when U were younger. You are better now. Congrats. violin_girlrofl

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Kevin M. said
Look what I found.  I guess now we all know who the orchestra clown was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....nFWNHNpjRY

Well, that explains EVERYTHING!!  LOL  Reading these posts and seeing these vids makes me miss my time in bands & orchestras!  I'm glad to see the string section was just as "special" as the trumpets! LOL

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