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Ah.. I found it on
Hehe. That was quite long. I didn't read through it too well. But from what I could tell he really cares. But there was a lot of demands for a "poorly paid" orchestra as you mentioned 🙂 Though.. I failed to see the point 🙂
It is however good that he takes his work seriously.
"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."
Like other low paid 'vocations' I'm sure even musicians look for perfection in their performance.
Though in whose eyes this perfection is attained may be the real question here.
After watching my first 'live' performance last night, of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra in the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral, to me it was perfection.
Maybe not so for the Conductor, but what would he know, he didn't even have a stick!
(ps, the last sentence was an offshoot of my in-built English sattire and only meant in jest)
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
I can't say anything intelligible about that
I'm incompetent in how possible is for example this:
...-Tutti, 3 before 2: it’s a tempo, you slow down too much (direction to the 2nd beat). Poco rit. is just 4 before 2. And please strings, careful with the intonation....
Really? You, professionals do it ?
/My imagination is playing tricks on me right now...../
Being a conductor isn't it his job to take care of most of these things. If a section is coming in late it's his fault for the poor cue. If the cresendo is not righ, he is the one controlling it. The part that gets me the most is that he implies that now that the cheaper ticket performances are being played the members of the orchestra will not play to thier best.
Good point Kevin.
Yes Naska, professionals play out of tune. However it's usually to another degree than what you are thinking.
Imagine the time a player would have to put in just to find these spots in the music and make a note. Then one players actions is not enough, everyone has to do it. A conductor's job is to fix these type of concerns during the rehearsals. With all the cutbacks often we play concerts after one or two rehearsals. He should probably try to help raise funds and pay the musicians for an extra rehearsal to repair these issues.
I see now. But can't undestand until i try.. Doubt that i ever will have a chance to play with a conductor
A great conductor can show you things you never imagined could be shown and get you to understand what he wants almost automatically. It's really hard to explain.
HaaaHaaa! I always understand what my teacher wants to tell me by her face It counts?