December 10, 2008 at 2:58 AM
Lessons from tonight's rehearsal:
I really hate that southbound stretch of I-75 that is under permanent construction. Big ol' trucks; lane shifts; orange barrels; concrete walls for 5 miles. Blech.
The second violinist wins. I cannot possibly play any louder. Do not ask me to play louder. Note to self: "I will not crunch...I will not crunch...I will not crunch...oops. Did I say that out loud?
You will have balance problems with 5 strings, 2 trumpets, and organ, and an oboe.
Buzz Saw oratorio. Oh, wait. I am sorry. That was the Messiah I just rehearsed.
Well, at least there are X-mas gigs this year...
Next year might not be so busy...
After Jard van Nes, a great Dutch singer, had performed with a rather loud orchestra, she was asked how she managed to make herself heard. "I don't compete", she said.
I loved that response. In relation to trumpets and trucks it is important to know one's place.
Our Messiah has 6 firsts, 8 seconds, about 8 violas, about 10 cellos, and a 90-member chorus. We're getting a good lesson in "con ripieno" and "senza ripieno."
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