30. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Moving on … the seven week show is over ‘n out (as of Sunday at 5:00) and today I begin Bizet’s Pearl Fishers. I missed yesterday’s orchestra only rehearsal because I was out of town on a much needed bit of a break. It was lovely, but now real life begins again. I’m guessing I’ll still remember how to put the oboe together after three days of no playing. I hope the reeds remember how to vibrate!

I do have to report on my “lessons in humility” … so let’s see … here’s a first one for you, not quite verbatim, but in any case this really is the gist of it:

Colleague: “I’m so sorry about your solo.”

Me: “Huh?” (I was probably not quite so inarticulate, but who knows?!)

C: “Well, that it’s so boring. I wish they’d given you dynamics.”

M: “Um. I am putting in dynamics. If it’s boring it’s entirely my fault.”

C: “Let me see your part.” (Gets quite insistent. I show it to him, it begins with a marking of piano and there is one crescendo much later and that’s it.) “See? They just didn’t give you anything to work with. I’m so sorry.”

M: “But I am putting things in prior to that crescendo. Or at least I thought I was. I guess I am failing to get that across if you can’t hear it. I really thought I was being expressive!”

The colleague proceeds to try and backtrack after this uncomfortable conversation (which actually went on longer than the above. Really.). Before the next show, when I’m climbing into the pit, he says, “AWESOME solo last night!”

Um. Right. Not gonna work like that for me.

At first I was rather (okay, more than rather) upset in a sad sort of way. Later I was just annoyed, as he continued to try and get out of what he’d said. Mostly I kept wondering why anyone would ever say such a thing to another musician. I still puzzle over that.

And mostly I really really hope I wasn’t boring!

So there’s my little lesson in humility for the day. But of course I’m not being quite honest when I say that because I’m not sure anything will ever keep me humble. So I suppose it’s more of a lesson in embarrassment or something. Hmmm ….

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