Written by The Weekend Vote
Published: January 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM [UTC]
Yet, the whole endeavor is dependent on four people being musically compatible, being able to get along personally in a variety of situations, being in-sync with their goals as a musical group, and being able to handle the logistics of organizing themselves for rehearsals, coachings and gigs.
Let's just say that not every group that manages to get together becomes the Emerson String Quartet!
Many chamber groups simply don't get off the ground in the first place; others do wonderfully for a while but then fall apart for a variety of reasons.
But for the ones that thrive, change can be very difficult. Karen Rile's blog this week reminds us that with the joy of a group that works well together comes the difficulty when members of the group change, or when goals change. Even if it that change is friendly and agreeable, it can feel like a real loss. And it's not always friendly and agreeable; sometimes it's difficult and downright acrimonious, leaving bitter feelings that can last for years.
Have you ever experienced a difficult chamber music break-up?
Life was never the same again ! Happy days. It simply wasn't practical for us to continue together.
Those blissful quartet-playing days kept me sane - my undergraduate course put me in contact with so many folk talking in riddles I might have FLIPPED otherwise !!
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