Long ago when I was a teenager all of the orchestra members in our orchestra went to lots of string and wind recitals. We didn't have to be coaxed!! The music teachers usually planned the first part of a recital and dedicated it to playing a serious sonata or concerto.
After intermission, part two was usually reserved for fun, acrobatic or comical type compositions such as: The Hot Canary, Flight of the Bumblebee, Fiddlin’ the Fiddle, Hejre Kati (Sit down Katy) , Hora Staccatto, Golywog’s Cakewalk, It Aint Necessarily So, the Hungarian & Slavonic & Rumanian Dances, Carnival of Venice, perpetual motion pieces, variations on innumerable operatic themes, and adaptations of popular movie themes.
Even the pros played these pieces and the newspaper critics reviewed only the first part of their recitals and only groaned about what followed. There was real fun to be expected towards the end of a recital and it was mixed with hisses, boos, groans, whistles and cheers from the audience.
How does this compare with current professional or student recitals?
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