Posted by Richard on April 25, 2002 at 22:09:41:
Word reaches us of the retirement after 50 years, of Boston Symphony principal timpanist Vic Firth. I may not be qualified to state that Mr. Firth is the Herseth of the timpani, but he made a half century on his position, and is regarded with the greatest esteem and admiration throughout the music profession and by the alert and knowledgeable public. He has certainly been one of the mainstays of the BSO, and will not be easily replaced. On the other hand, young percussion talent is like other musical talent, sophisticated anb prodigious. It won't be that hard to weed out the unqualified. The difficulty will be choosing among the best. It will be interesting to observe whether Mr. Firth will be as difficult to replace as some other great recent retirees have been, such as we have been monitering lately.