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Lighting of the Beacons
My return to virtual orchestras
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AndrewH
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I mentioned in the other thread that I went back to viola for a week to record a virtual orchestra video.

This one was with the Socially Distant Orchestra, and the full video came out this past weekend. We recorded a film cue, "The Lighting of the Beacons" from Howard Shore's LOTR score. I'm in the red shirt, lower right.

 

Note: I probably won't be playing viola much for a while longer. But I still prefer viola for these projects where I have to learn challenging music quickly, because I'm more used to the finger spacing and bow weight and can focus more on the music rather than basic technique.

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@AndrewH -

Thanx for sharing the performance!   

It looks like it must've been quite a workout to play this music.  Glad you felt up to doing it.

It was a little hard to focus on you - some other members of the orchestra basically ruined the "Hope" message (for me) with their subversive, political tactics. 

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- Emily

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This was always intended to be at least partially about the election, but I tend to think people took care not to show enmity toward fellow Americans with opposing views here. At least that was the intention.

I draw a distinction between positive expressions of support for a candidate or cause, which I consider part of the fabric of any free society, and negative attacks on a candidate or group, which I consider to be much more inherently divisive.

I probably would not have posted the video to this forum at all normally, realizing that even minimal political content can provoke disagreements or come across as divisive. But I decided to in this case for two reasons: because it is my first time playing viola and my first time playing in a virtual orchestra in months (which makes it more worthwhile to post despite the possibility of controversy), and because I saw nothing in it attacking any person or group (even if political, at least not in a hostile manner).

That said, if it is too much politics for this forum, I do not mind taking down the post.

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Sorry Andrew, 

I really am genuinely happy to see you playing this music! 

Please don't take down the video.  It's not your fault there are people who lack a filter for what/when something is inappropriate - just a distraction. 

Thank you for the explanation. 

Black Cat Red Heart Smiley- Emily

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Nice video, @AndrewH . Thanks for posting.

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Great job participating on so many virtual orchestras Andrew. Thanks for sharing the video.

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