18. February 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

According to Drew McManus at Adaptistration a violist in a major symphony orchestra welcomes booing.

Okay. I can’t argue with a major symphony orchestra musician!

I’m in the minor leagues, if that.

But is she or he a principal player? I wonder. I think it may be different for a section player. (Now I’ll be in big trouble, though; I was told by a section cellist that her position was much more difficult than anything I ever did. She was quite angry when she blurted this at me, too. I don’t mean to say that playing in a section is any less difficult. It’s just that it’s a bit more anonymous.) When the San Jose Symphony (RIP) was around any booing aimed at me would have been for my English horn solos. And in case you’re wondering, I don’t need to be told if I’ve done a bad job. Most of the time, in fact, the audience hasn’t a clue that I’ve done poorly! When I’ve hated what I’ve done and a conductor has me stand I’m simply annoyed or even embarrassed.

Anyway, if the audience wants to boo, fine.

May we boo back when they are annoying? ;-)

(It sure is great fun to be reading so many music blogs! (See my list on the main page.) I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to locate them and link to them. Take a look-see. Most (all?) are much better writers than I.)
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