07. April 2009 · Comments Off on Been There, Seen & Heard That · Categories: Links, Other People's Words, Ramble

Orchestral veterans are crucial to maintaining a sense of musical order within an ensemble and if they’re doing their job why bother them? Sure, I’m sure you could fire half your violin section tomorrow and fill it with a bunch of young hotshots out of Juilliard , but God help you when you come across that situation when your soloist has suddenly gone off the deep end and you have to make adjustments on the fly. Those kids from The Yard ain’t gonna know squat.

I read it here.

I’m not opposed to new, younger players. I appreciate their excitement and their quest for perfection. I love watching them learn new works, and they are usually extremely happy to be doing what they do. (I do miss expression, which seems to be missing … the risk of putting out that bit of “something extra” might be what scares ’em off. I dunno. It seems that perfection is all that matters to many.) I like that they rarely whine too. They learn it quickly, though.

But when push comes to shove, veterans usually know how to deal with the often surprising situations we encounter.

I love that in most orchestras you see a huge age spread. I’d hate to see players get canned before their time.

But I sure do hope I know when it’s time to hang it up. I don’t want to be one of “those” that everyone whispers about. Ya know?

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