Musings While Listening to the Philharmonic

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Thoughts I had while watching a local philharmonic orchestra concert …

The men in the orchestra all look so nice; white ties and tuxes. The women, meanwhile? All over the place. Some have on flowy black dresses, but others … black tops and stretchy pants? Note to self: clingy polyester tops after age 50 are not a good idea. So the women have choices. In this case, I’m not so sure that’s wise.

The first violin is so much more animated than the next. I wonder if theatrics are part of the decision on who gets first chair? Is this discrimination?

The piano soloist is amazing. He actually memorized an entire concerto! Well, hold on — I think he fluffed a couple measures there. Still, to be able to do that and jump right back in with the orchestra — impressive.

I hope he gets paid well for that. Then again, to get paid even moderately, and get to do something for a living as enjoyable as playing great music with live orchestral accompaniment? I guess good pay isn’t really a must.

So (the conductor tells us), Mozart wrote this piece for an orchestra of his day, which was likely not a formal group, but rather a gathering of construction workers and music hobbyists. If that’s so, I’m not sure 300 years of “progress” have brought us all that far. How would such a group sound today? Then again, maybe it didn’t sound too great during Mozart’s life, either.

I wish Mozart could hear what his works sound like, performed today.

Hmmm … Mozart died young. What did he die of, again?

Must re-watch Amadeus.

Wait, I’m thinking I read Amadeus wasn’t all that factual.

Must do a little online research on Mozart.

(looking around) There is nothing to make you feel young like observing the audience at an orchestra concert.

Is it just that classical music as an art form is mainly favored by older people? Or do younger people want to go, but just lack the money and/or time?

…and that’s a wrap. Clapping.

Standing o? Really? It was good, but … is it just me, or does pretty much any performance these days get a standing ovation? In my youth, I felt that these occurred much less frequently.

Ah, well. Standing. It was a very enjoyable evening.

No encore (probably not in the contract).



6 thoughts on “Musings While Listening to the Philharmonic

  1. Your writing is amazing. I think your prose is continually climbing UP the ladder of perfection. If a rung is missing, just step higher – and – keep a song in your heart!

  2. I laughed – you caught the picture of an audience member so well! I think you’re right that there are too many standing ovations. They should be reserved for rare accomplishments, and appropriately dressed musicians!

  3. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for fewer standing ovations! When Joe plays introductory and intermission music at The Embassy, we always leave during the last part when the ovations begin. We hate them, too! As you say, standing ovations should be reserved for only the OUTSTANDING, not for all. Glad that you enjoyed the concert though, and let us all know what you learn when you research Mozart!

  4. Fun post! Ii can see the woman in that…um…er…unfortunate? top. Supposedly young people can’t relate to classical music, but then again most have no idea what the phrase means. I think there is still plenty of hope. Great post! Love the different style!

  5. Enjoyed your post today, but then I enjoy it every day! I love great music like this but my husband doesn’t, so we don’t go very often. I was watching an orchestra on TV recently and noticed that the men were all dressed alike but the women were wearing many versions of black. I was thinking why don’t the women wear black dress slacks and a plain, long-sleeved white shirt? How hard could that be? And yes, yes, yes! Standing ovations should be only for the very best performances, not for everyone.

  6. I enjoyed your thoughts on this performance, Susan. Did you go alone? If so, what a pity!

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