Saturday, May 31, 2008

Couldn't the Orchestra Have Rented a Howitzer?

Talk about having a blast--Joshua Nemith writes about how in a Memorial Day Concert he played the cannon part of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture...on a DX7 synthesizer. I can just imagine the jokes from the brass section:
  • "Do you play Pachelbel's Canon?"
  • "Could you aim that thing at the conductor?"
Auxiliary percussion is often one of the duties of orchestral keyboardists. I recall playing the piano part of Christopher Rouse's Surma Ritornelli, which was also doubled with a cymbal and drum part...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the blurb, Chris! Hope things are going well for you - I'll be in touch more this summer as things wind down.