Sinfonietta Newsletter 2

October 27, 2014  |  By  | 


“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche “I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” Adele "I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch." George Burns "All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song." Louis Armstrong “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven "I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to." Elvis Presley “It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.” Johannes Brahms QUOTATIONS 1. Composer of suite. 2. Composer of the Brandenburg Concertos. 3. Unfashionable English composer who portrayed Tintagel castle in a symphonic poem. 4. A Mozart symphony suggesting the Roman King of the Gods, or a planet. 5. Famous conductor raised on pills ? 6. Part-Maori opera singer who was adopted as a child. 7. Common name for Mendelssohn’s overture . 8. English horn in a woodwind section ? 9. Wrote 9 symphonies, including the and the . 10. French ‘cellist whose son was principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, based in Manchester. And can you name these conductors ? QUIZ Answers on back page. I always look forward to conducting Sinfonietta concerts. Once the adrenalin starts running it's a bit of a roller coaster. The only difference is that I must stay in control! Making music is a strange mixture of excitement and discipline, and that depends on your having done all your homework. Apart from my own private preparation, the two orchestral rehearsals that we have for each concert (only one in June!) are the most important element of a successful performance. Having said that, working with professionals is very rewarding, because you get instant results. The most substantial piece on March 8th will be the by Joseph Suk. That's been a real revelation to me. It was suggested by one of our players. It's not an easy piece to play or conduct, but it's highly romantic and passionate. You, the audience, will love it. In our Grand Charity Concert on June 21st, conducting Strauss waltzes and polkas is always great fun, but I've a special fondness for Schubert's . He was my dad's favourite composer so I've known this work for a very long time. Playing it will take me back to the great occasion of the Beecham Celebration Concert on June 30th 2007, when a cram-full Town Hall audience heard it. I hope we get such an audience this year. Our concert in September renews our acquaintance with Ron Abramski. Many of you will remember his tremendous performance of Beethoven's in October 2012 (and the spectacular encore). This time he will be playing no less than two concertos, one of them a first performance. I'm looking forward to working with Ron again and I know it will be a pleasure for you to listen to him. The remainder of the concert is made up of what Beecham would have termed "lollipops". conductor’s view

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