As I type this I am sitting tacet at orchestra rehearsal, knitting and listening to the conductor rehearse everyone else in the Peer Gynt Suites (and trying to stay out of trouble; bored trombonists are often unintentionally disruptive to orchestra rehearsals). If I had a TARDIS I would go back in time and find out what exactly Grieg’s problem with trombones is. ALL THE OTHER BRASS sections actually play in this! I mean, what the hell Greig?!?!? Did some lady trombone player break your heart or something? Did a banker trombonist lose all your money in the stock market? Did a cattle rustling trombonist steal your cow? What is your problem with trombone players? Why single them out as the ONLY SECTION that doesn’t play? BLAAAAAARG!!! I’m coming for you Grieg. I’m going to to travel back in time and lose all your money in the stock market and then I’m going to steal your cow. RIGHT AFTER I BREAK YOUT HEART you trombone hating jerk wad. That’s right. I said it. Grieg is a jerk wad.
3 thoughts on “Tacet”
“Never look at the trombones. You’ll only encourage them.” Richard Strauss
As a trumpet player, I feel your pain. HOWEVER, nothing quite says boredom like hundreds of rest in a piece by Mozart only to come in and play two notes C G, then sit out another 100 measures. That’s the Classical Era for you. It wasn’t so bad in the Baroque. High Trumpet Aria’s abounded but someone got the idea to quite us up in the Classical Period. Things didn’t start looking up until the Romantic.
How soon will you guys play Die Walkure? That has to be a trombone player. One of my favorite brass operas. Yes, I just referred to The Ring Cycle as a Brass Opera. :)
*trombone player should be *trombone “favorite.”
You are one of my favorite people in the universe right now. You totally made my night!
We did Flight of the Valkyries a couple of seasons ago and yes, it was pretty awesome. I totally agree that it is a “brass opera”. Unfortunately, we’re not doing anything remotely that fun for trombones this season. /sigh/
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