barney wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:40 am
Some great Ormandy quotes. I have more, if anyone wants them. My favourites are the ones in bold.
Now we will play something we have never played before. I didn't mean that. Mahler wrote it as the 3rd Movement of his 4th Symphony. I mean the 4th Movement of his 1st Symphony - we play it third. The trumpet solo will be played by our solo trumpet player. It's named "Blumine" - which has something to do with flowers.
With us tonight is William Warfield, who is with us tonight. ... He is a wonderful man and so is his wife.
(On the occasion of the death of David Oistrakh) I told him he'd have a heart attack a year ago, but unfortunately he lived a year longer.
I conduct faster here so you can see my beat.
The next movement is still in the factory.
Think of your girlfriend or boyfriend or whomever you want to.
At every concert I've sensed a certain insecurity about the tempo. It's clearly marked quarter note = 80, uhh, 69.
All of you are ready to start so I must be ready.
It's not important. It's only important when it's late.
It's difficult to remember when you haven't played it before.
I'm conducting slowly because I don't know the tempo
I don't want to repeat this 100 times. When you see crescendo, it means p.
I cannot give it to you so try to watch me.
I was trying to help you so I was beating wrong.
The minute you slow down a fraction, you're behind.
I wrote it the right way so it was copied the wrong way right - I mean the right way wrong.
Who is sitting in that empty chair?
Bass Clarinetist: What note do I have? EO: The score is written out the way you hear it the way you play it - and I have to transpose back to normal.
Tubist: Long note? EO: Yes, make it seem short.
I guess you thought I was conducting, but I wasn't.
The notes are right, but if I listened they would be wrong.
You have to do two things. Watch it and me.
Even if the right instruments are not here, we will play it anyway. It's only a short piece.
I am thinking it right but beating it wrong.
I can conduct it better than I count.
Intonation is important, especially when it is cold.
It is not together, but the ensemble is perfect.
Don't ever follow me because I am difficult.
I purposely gave you a slower tempo, because I did not know what the right one was.
Suddenly I was in the right tempo -- but it wasn't.
Brass, stay down all Summer.
My bowings are only general.
After two minutes after this time, and I am already there.
This is one bar you should take home.
I never know where I am.
Tonight is the night when 300 years ago Johann Strauss was born. That's why this year is important.
Something went wrong. It was correct when I studied it.
There was confusion since I stood here 35 years ago.
During the rests -- pray.
It has no rhythm, but it will because it's so much faster.
Don't play louder, just give it more.