Posted by js on April 26, 2002 at 08:44:19:
In Reply to: Re: BSO - a related note posted by a fan on April 26, 2002 at 08:16:53:
Risking all of the connotations that go along with these types of remarks (ie. "stupid college kid", "stupid ol' never-has-been fart", etc.) I have to agree.
Mr. Schmitz is a nice man and a great player. He could also easily be replaced by any of the applicants which have been mentioned in previous BSO audition gossip.
Blasphemy: Mr. Arnold Jacobs, with his odd "forte-piano/heavy vibrato" interpretation of sostenuto, still "fit in" wonderfully with the Chicago Symphony brass section and is considered to be one of the greatests orchestral tuba players of all time. (flame away)
Moreover, the technical/musical demands of the orchestral tuba player are minimal, compared to most positions in the orchestra. Mr. Ron Bishop's observations, in my view, were very appropriate when he stated that (not quoted word-for-word at all) that he was in constant awe of the strings. (continue to flame, etc...)