I'm sure we all know of games that orchestras have been known to "do" to conductors. I'd better start off - the conductor of our youth orchestra used to be a member of the LSO, and told the story of doing "Zampa". There's a sudden change in a new section - un poco piu vivo on page 19 of the score at
They put an extra beat on the top note of each of the first two bars, making them 5-4, and then back to normal. Executed perfectly, the conductor was totally baffled but coped very well sticking in an extra beat and looking relieved on the return to 4-4.
Years later, I was playing in a BBC orchestra for a less than loved conductor, when this piece appeared on the menu. Quick chat with the leader, and it was all set up. This one just didn't even realise what was happening and just started getting ratty. Very funny - and of course the fact that he hadn't even twigged what was happening didn't exactly enhance his reputation!
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