Monday, June 30, 2014

Falling Apart

We did it: three times yesterday.  Three quite serious otherwise capable players fell apart beginning a
composition we had already played together at least once.  After train wrecks about eight bars in we had to start again, and again,and yet again, each time with considerable laughter.

Who is that thumbing his nose at us from heaven?  Brahms.  The piece? His Horn Trio (with natural horn, of course). 

Why did it fall apart?

We simply did as indicated in the score, rather the violinist, Gregor Kitzis did as indicated, observing the slurs and other meticulous articulations.  Doing so lifted the music right off the page and into the realm of pure delight.

Have I ever heard anyone play the piece like that?  Have you?