19. January 2007 · Comments Off on Correction … From The Top! · Categories: imported, Ramble

In response to my recent blog about the poor string bass I received this:

Stephen Feigenbaum’s excellent piece was written for string orchestra but in order for us to feature it on the radio show he agreed to have it performed by one-on-a-part strings. As we already had a string quartet booked for this taping performing the music of Erwin Schulhoff, it was just a matter of adding a bass player to realize Stephen’s piece, hence string quartet and double bass. Not “string orchestra and double bass” as was incorrectly stated.

So there you go. The string bass is still a part of the string orchestra after all.

I know you are all breathing a sigh of relief! :-)

Many thanks to Tom Vignieri, Music Producer of From The Top, for clearing this problem up.
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Yes. I got them. I thought I’d at least let readers know that much. I got that first passage in the second movement of the Dvorak. Whew! But what does this mean to anyone, really? What does that mean to the audience?

It means you wouldn’t have noticed me at all!

Yep. That’s how it goes. Had I missed an attack, had I had a note go up the octave, had I bombed on part of it, everyone (well, okay, not everyone—I’m always amazed at what some folks don’t hear!) would have squirmed or wondered who the heck just blew it. But doing it right means not being noticed. Not really.

This is often the life of the second oboe player; if you are doing the job right, you are rarely noticed at all.

I’m not going to comment on the concert itself yet. I’ll save that until Monday I think. If I comment at all.

So now I have a day off of the symphony, but I do have work; three students to teach, scattered throughout the day. But tonight is free and I’m wondering if I should finally pull out one of the movies I have sitting here, just waiting to be watched. We’ll see. (Or not see, should I choose not to watch. ;-)