The Sound of Silence

22 11 2008

It’s official – The Orchestra sounds rehearses better when I don’t speak. Perhaps my words only make them nervous and uptight, therefore their collective sound is rather fuzzy around the edges – I don’t know. What I do know is that I have to find a way to stay silent for a majority of each rehearsal (duct tape over the mouth has come to mind).

Short of ductape, however, exactly how am I supposed to stay silent when the violins are ignoring rests, the cellos are playing air cello, the violas are trying not to make mistakes (so they play very softly), and the sole double bassist thinks that not being prepared is a good excuse to be absent?

True, musicians the world over say that a good conductor says most of what he has to say with his hands/gestures – but I think they’re referring to professional conductors conducting professional orchestras, wherein practically everyone knows a mistake when they hear it, and what’s more, knows what to do about it.

Still, frustration aside, I can’t deny the The Orchestra has definitely made leaps and bounds in terms of sound and playing ability.

Now if only they would come on time.

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