May 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM
The Der Aa Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra have accepted me with their first violins! I'm very happy.
See what our collective support can do :D
Don't underestimate it, Elise!
Yay!!! Congratulations, Bart! I'm not surprised a bit and very happy for you! Now you're going to be busy.
Congrats to you, Bart!
Tell us more about the orchestra! Did you find out what a "Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra" is? I've always liked the world "Philharmonic" (and I play in a Philharmonic Society, myself), but if I think about it, it's also kind of a weird, old-fashioned-sounding word, and I wonder where it came from and how it caught on.
Thank you all for your congratulations and good wishes.
Karen, probably "chamber" means "not too big" and "philharmonic" "yet with enough different instruments so that we can play Mahler", because that's what we are going to do.
Philharmonic orchestras have been around for some time. Thinking about it, the Vienna Philharmonic is one very old and venerable orchestra with Philharmonic in its name, and it is the orchestra linked to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. Translate "Musikfreund" into Greek, and out comes "Philharmonic" (Marina, can you live with that translation?). That could be the origin of the word. But I'm not sure: I'm just thinking it up.
Anyhow, we are going to play Mahler's Totenfeier, his Rueckert Lieder, and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler Symphony.
The orchestra has a web site: www.deraa.nl. You could use Google Translate, but with your background in German you might not even need to.
Edit: the Wikipedia article about the orchestra makes short shrift with my theory: both the Boston and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras were founded in 1842, so one of them can hardly be the origin of the other. (Or would they have talked to each other: "hey, here's a new name for our orchestras; let's call them Philharmonic. Sounds good, no?")
Edit II: the above story is probably not true. Here is a short history of the Vienna Phil, and no mention of the Musikfreunde.
Fantastic! All the best with this new journey!
All the best!
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