How German musicians say ‘well played’

How German musicians say ‘well played’


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2016

According to this video report, they shuffle their feet.

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  • Max Grimm says:

    Musicians in orchestras from many countries shuffle or stomp their feet to show appreciation for a colleague, soloist or conductor, not just musicians in German orchestras.
    I.e. musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: (from time index 1:10:03 on)

  • Bruce says:

    We do it in my orchestra all the time, for well-played solos or when the conductor says something like “Here we are at the last concert of the season.”

  • Rich Patina says:

    It is very common to do this and it is a practice taught very early to young orchestral musicians. Why? Because the musicians can’t readily put down their instruments to applaud with their hands.

  • Dr Gradus says:

    I’m a British musician and I’ve been shuffling since i was taught to show appreciation that way at music college in the 80’s.

  • Kai says:

    In the Mannheim Orchestra the conductor stopped the rehearsal (!) after the new, young solo flute player played for the first time the solo in “Rosenkavalier” 1st Act and told him : ” Now you surpassed my greatest expectations”

  • Holly Golightly says:

    Not for much longer. There’s a civil war now in Europe and it isn’t going to go away.