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Sunday, 04 May 2014

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Are there not orchestras without conductors?
I thought part of the conductors role was political.
--Who gets to be first violin . Who needs retiring. Who is attrrctive to the TV camera.
Orchestras are expensive armies and need a general.

SWMBO likes that Dutch bloke Andre Rieu and I have only glanced at the tele in passing through the family room when she has one of his shows on. My fading memory seems to think he has no conductor for his orchestra, just him out the front as first fiddle.

I'll have to look harder next time he is on the tele.

Well I suppose someone has to run the show, in the far past a senior musician led the pack but then all the usual 'improvements' took place. Harry Blech was an admirable conductor and catgut scraper.

Touches on a piece by Mary Beard on Archeology yesterday R4 - experts are all very well but they tend to beget more experts who declare that more funds and study in their field are needed if not absolutely vital for the survival of the world as we know it. I have my own list of useless trades and suspect that Britain's woes are not entirely due to idle workers or venal politicos but to a thick layer of expensive but useless folk residing just under the political radar. Where is our youthful Mr Zedong when we need him.

Gentlemen, as I understand it - therefore warning alert! - the leader of an orchestra is the first violinist and Keller is of the opinion that s/he is all that is required.

As for Andre Rieu, again, without any musical knowledge I would suggest that he is the modern equivalent of Liberace although as a happily married man with two sons he lacks his more flamboyant, er, taste. My very own SWMBO, starts to scream in protest when he appears on the telly until I find the 'do-flicker-thingie' and switch him off. I don't have any particular views, he's obviously an enormously successful showman, but alas, I can't stand Viennese waltzes, his speciality.

I absolutely agree with you, Roger, on that great layer of the utterly useless who gather dust in our society. I think you will find herds of them in our quangos, you know, those quangos 'Dave' promised to close down wholesale!

Orchestras without conductors? Choirs without choir directors? I know more about choirs. The director is needed because all those prima donna sopranos have to be kept in order. They can't abide those altos. At least not in the same loft. Tenors are annoying to sopranos because at those pitches, well just too close to the heavenly soprano realm. Now those baritones and bases....secretly the delicate soprano is drawn to them. But they are in public, so a feigned annoyance is displayed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ-G3qNmI0U

Good Grief, Whitewall, I have a very good friend who sings regularly in a choir and he didn't tell me about all this rampant sexism. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

Thanks, JK, I'm sure I've seen that before but it was worth a second look.

Thanks, JK, I'm sure I've seen that before but it was worth a second look.

Well be certain you've "seen it before" Duffers 'cause it arrived to my email as a "Funny" from, as I recall, some hamlet in the UK called Somerset.

"As for Andre Rieu, again, without any musical knowledge I would suggest that he is the modern equivalent of Liberace although as a happily married man with two sons he lacks his more flamboyant, er, taste."

You got that right. I detest the hide on the man. Have you ever picked up on the strange kind of subliminal incest and pederasty that goes on around him? His female singers always glance at him -- "Am I hitting the right note Daddy darling?" And then he nods lovingly at them. I'd hate to be at that rehearsal -- "Now on this note, give me a sad punished puppy dog look, asking for my forgiveness because your daddy can't be pleased and you lack self-esteem."

Or am I the only one who sees it?

Thank you again, JK, and you are hereby appointed Head of Archives!

You have seen more of the irritating man, Dom, because you have watched slightly more than 0.73 seconds he gets in this house! Mind you, a brilliant showman.

"A hamlet called Somerset". Anywhere near Midsomer County??

Quite so, Whitewall, but you must understand that JK is an Arkie and geography is not his strong suit because he could climb into his pick-up and drive five hundred miles in any direction and still be inside America - so who the hell needs geography?

Actually , we do have Midsomer Norton not too far from here, a place I drive through rather quickly because I am led to believe that the murder rate is higher than Chicago!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsomer_Norton

My engineer is going to Midsomer Norton today, I have suggested taking Bergerac with him but he declined. I'm planning the photo montage as I write.

I was under the impression that a soloist actually leads the orchestra, because it is their interpretation of the music which counts. Perhaps it is sometimes a collaborative effort, but often a musical group of people practise without the conductor they actually play on the night with.

Us sopranos just love a deep voice. What can I say?......

I'm trying desperately, dear Miss Mayfly, to reply to you in a bass voice. Difficult to do via typing!

David...told you!:)

I feel the vibes, Mr Duff!!!!!

I am now off to throw a temper tantrum in the hope that the bass asks me for coffee later.....

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