Odds and ends

I want to call reader’s attention to a lovely comment from Harriet Gedge, daughter of conductor David Gedge. I’m so happy to hear that David is coming along in his march to recovery, but it sounds like a truly arduous process.
Other news today- over at oboeinsight, we have the revelation that not all classical musicians are smart. Patricia’s post was inspired by a rather silly news piece about a cellist robbing a bank, but there are plenty of other examples. One of my favorite moments was on tour in France with one of the IU orchestras as a student. We’d just had a long, frustrating rehearsal of a Mozart concerto under a not-very-good conductor. One of my roommates, also a cellist, and I  were bemoaning the lack of style and general elegance in our orchestra’s Mozart and I said something really deep like “Mozart’s music is really hard.” At this point, our third roommate chimed in with this one-
“Mozart is easy, you just count the rests and play the notes.”
Trust me, he wasn’t being ironic or making a sly point. No worries, though- he’s gone on to be principal _______ at one major orchestra and associate principal at another. Lack of brains or interest in music doesn’t have to be a handicap as long as you can get your fingers around the first page of Don Juan.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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