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Don't talk/play when the conductor is talking

May 7, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Don't talk/play when the conductor is talking. It could harm your violin+ bow:

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Wach!!! This guy is such a piece of sh...!   This is totally unacceptable from a conductor!   

This is a way too big punishment for the act made by the kid.  And how does he know if the kid wasn't talking about one of his musical ideas he gave previously???

If it's the school violins, it is outrageous but if it was this kid's own violin, it is a CRIME and he would deserve to be broken in 1000 pieces just to do this to someone elses violin!

If it was me and my violin, I would have got up and slapped him (I'm serious!)

He doesn't derserve to work with human beings nor with animals and not even with plants to not respect more than this the product of trees! I hope he's ashame and have been fired!

(if this was a joke video, pls forget everything I told... ; )   


From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Sorry for my strong reaction but it's criminal to do this!  And he works with kids in addition... What an terrible example he gives! 

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

That a conductor could become frustated, ok, but this is indeed an absurd reaction, also because these are playing kids and not grown up professionals. It seems real and no joke, because one girl in the orchestra puts a hand for her mouth, most of the time a reaction when something strange happens. But by accident someone has filmed it. Perhaps it is the youthorchestra of the Youtubeuser who puts it on his/her channel.

In rock-music it is quite usual to destroy your own instrument. Her the top10:

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Quite a waste! 

From Michael Divino
Posted on May 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM




nothing to say.

From Kathryn Hoffer
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 3:22 AM

The complete video shows the teacher asking the concertmaster if he knows what day it is. The concertmaster replies "April Fools Day".  It was a joke arranged between the two of them using a cheap violin.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 4:02 AM

Ouf!!! Thanks Karen for your German skills! 

Sorry everyone for my strong reaction, I though it was real!


From Joseph Galamba
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 5:15 AM

I was also going to point out that that was indeed a joke

Anyway, I can't really approve of smashing a violin even if it was a joke and presumably a very cheap violin, but it does make it less bad

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM

 It makes more sense that it was a joke, the conductor didn't really come across as being mad enough to snap and do something like that (and he's speaking English, not German, even though the caption is German.  The setting looks suspiciously like a US public school).  Of course I don't condone smashing a violin either, but I can sympathize with the conductor at least a little bit.  Having players constantly talk during rehearsals is very annoying and can be hard to stop.  I wonder if their little stunt had any lasting effect.

From Michael Divino
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM

mkay good. 

From Corwin Slack
Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM

 Too bad you didn't show the whole clip. It is sick and dangerously so until you recognize that the conductor and the concertmaster did it together as a gag. It is clear that this school orchestra had a discipline problem and they came up with a creative way to make a point. They didn't prolong it either.

From Alison Daurio
Posted on May 10, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Kinda confused why you didn't show the whole clip... without the end it's not funny, and makes the conductor look like a jerk when obviously, he's not.

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on May 10, 2010 at 1:33 AM

I don't find this funny. Why not break a baton or a chopstick to make a point? A violin is a violin, cheap or not. I had to beg my parents for months before getting one worth less than $10 when I was a kid.

From Bill Busen
Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:01 AM

The original video, complete with high-fives and laughter.

From Dimitri Adamou
Posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:08 AM

I don't see what the big issue is here.. Anyhow I thought both videos were hilarious,

They were in the spirit of April Fools - good on them, I think that is something memoriable.

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