Wednesday is quickly becoming one of my favorite days of the week because I get to go to orchestra rehearsal. I know we're not wonderful yet, but it's really so gratifying to play this music. It's somewhat annoying that a lot of purists feel that amateurs shouldn't even touch this stuff. As though we're just not worthy of it. I don't see why we don't have the right to try at least. Even if it would take us our entire lives to truly perfect any of it.
I mention this because someone who is a professional made a comment about how they wouldn't play in our orchestra as a ringer because then it would ruin their experience of the particular pieces we're working on. OUCH! I mean, on the one hand I do understand. She's actually good and it must be mortifying to have to deal with entire sections struggling with certain passages. But isn't it possible that a good player like that could maybe lift up her peers and encourage them to make better music? Wouldn't that be gratifying too? I guess not as much as playing it how it's intended.
Anyway, moot point for me at this point. If this is as far as I get, I will be more than happy. If I eventually improve to move on to other ensembles, then that would be welcome too.
Things got a little busy so my practice sessions have been more repertoire review than true practice. Hoping to work on that after tomorrow since I might be meeting with my teacher next Tuesday. Quiet City has definitely improved. I am still having trouble reaching the C# and my high B's and B-flat's feel somewhat stuffy and weak. But I can play it through well enough for tomorrow. *gulp* I can't believe I am going to play EH in front of others in less than a day.
We're working on Beethoven's 9th again tomorrow. I am starting to agree with everyone else that it's way out of our reach still. But it was the group that voted for it. Maybe folks just voted out of popularity. Am hoping it gets bumped so that the Brahms could replace it. Still not rehearsing Schubert. Working on Mendelssohn No. 4/3rd mvt, Ravel's mother goose suite 1,2, and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder No.1. So I'll be busy tomorrow :-)