5. Don’t gossip (CF: but sitting in front of the trombone section means that you'll have the pleasure of hearing plenty, especially during concerts)What advice would you give to young orchestral pianists?
4. Keep to the same speed as the conductor (CF: assuming you can make out their beat, which is why the first thing I do in a rehearsal is locate the concertmaster, whose bowing is often more reliable and rhythmic than the maestro's baton)
1. Don’t play in the rests (CF: 256 bars rest, then you play in an exposed section. If you miss your entrance you'll never work again...)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
One of the trickiest engagements for a pianist is that of orchestral pianist. You're stuck at the back of the orchestra, usually near the percussion or trombone section, wait for pages and pages of rests, watch and count frantically, hoping that when you enter, it will be in the correct place and in time. Jonathan West on Horn Thoughts has compiled a list of 8 simple rules for playing in an orchestra. Following are some of the ones that pertain to pianists, with my annotations: