What it really feels like to play great composers

You will either love this or loathe it.

Whatever you do, stay with it as far as Bruckner.

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  • Loved it — and really appreciated it after the horror of yesterday’s synagogue massacre —

    Thanks so much, Norman!

  • LOL. Hilarious – thanks so much 😉

    The Bruckner reminded me of the story of complaints by certain Berlin Staatskapelle string players the other year who were unhappy re: their New York residence when they played ALL nine Bruckner symphonies under Barenboim – within just a few days.

    High chance of repetitive strain injury with all those tremoloes (actually, probably hard for the brass doing the nine-set so close to each other)

    • Lorin Maazel once conducted a marathon of all nine Beethoven symphonies during one day, with the New Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall in London. A bizarre feat but far fewer tremolos than Bruckner.

    • The funny fact is that Bruckner actually composed ELEVEN symphonies, not nine. The “first symphony” was in reality the third one he completed. Thus an “all nine Bruckner symphonies” is a meaningless thing.

  • Love it, love it, love it!
    I sent the link to this page to my wife, who is a middle school orchestra teacher.
    Her kids will love it too!
    Thanks, Norman, for putting this up…. you made my day.

  • Hey, they left Bach out! Although they mention him. As famous great composers go, maybe they’ll make a “part 2” with Vivaldi, Schubert, Schumann, Smetana, Dvorak, Nielsen, Ravel, Schönberg, Berg, Bartók, Prokofiev, and the aforementioned Bach (Johann Sebastian). Over to you, lads!

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