Thursday, August 26, 2004

A Blogging Violist

I was cued into a blog by a violist from the Minnesota Orchestra. It's more of a series of journal entries detailing the orchestra's tour of Europe. An interesting, and humorous to the music insiders like this line describing a comment by the Orchestra Director on a difficult piece of music:

"Some parts, I follow well. But sometimes, I just have to give the beat, and hope that someone, somewhere in the orchestra, knows what to do with it."

Who hasn't been there before as a musician? My memories of getting hopelessly lost in a piece of music come from scattered instances in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth orchestra, Greece Symphony Orchestra, or Baldwin-Wallace College's Orchestra. There's that moment right when you're sight-reading a piece for the first time, where you lose concentration for a mere moment, and suddenly, the notes rush together and you could be in the third movement when you thought you were playing the Coda of first or second movement. The key is to not do that while soloing!


2 comments:

Steve said...

Ooohh. This post brought back a bad memory. At the Texas All State Jazz performance my junior year I was sitting first chair trombone. I blew past a coda that was supposed to lead into a 16 bar solo by me. Si I sat there holding a whole note B flat with the director glaring at me like I just killed his favorite puppy. Thanks, Julia.. I think I will go flog myself now.

Ryan said...

There's something to be said for playing 2nd trombone, even though it lacks the "glory" or more interesting harmonies of either 1st or 3rd trombone...

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