Paul Rissmann took ten movements from Prokofiev’s ballet music based on Shakespeare’s greatest love story, and after a while was interviewing the Conductor on his views on the movement called Romeo and Juliet. That finished Rachael Clegg, the evening’s Guest Principal Oboist had come forward to play a bit from the Dance movement.

When I first read this I wondered why the movement “finished” Ms. Clegg. Then I realized a comma would have set things right and she would have been unfinished after all. 😉

I also read this in the article:

The Orchestra’s Leader, Maya Iwabuchi, gave a very firm and unexpected ‘no’ to something she was asked, and shortly afterwards the Conductor was reminiscing about the piece.

… and “clapping their thighs”? Really now.

All that being quoted (all in good fun, mind you), it sounds like something that would be fun for a kiddie concert. Or maybe a “Meet the Classics” sort of thing. I doubt our regular audience would want something like this, but it does have its place.

I sure wonder what he asked her.


  1. And sometimes, apostrophes aren’t! Not referring to anything herein, mind you, just a sigh about the general lack of understanding that it’s and its aren’t interchangeable, along with a whole host of other things… (your/you’re, there/their/they’re, “definately” instead of “definitely”… ok, taking a deep breath and stopping now…)

  2. My father was an English teacher, patti with an i, and I remember going to his 6th grade class once when I didn’t have school. I was younger than these “big kids” and my dad had a sentence on the board with an error … can’t remember if it was its or it’s, but the students didn’t know where the problem was so he called on me. It was obvious he was expecting to be very proud of his little girl. I was so embarrassed because I hadn’t a clue either! Needless to say, I learned how to use them properly. NOT to say I don’t make mega-mistakes on this blog. Nearly every time I mock someone else, in fact, I make some sort of embarrassing error! Figures.