Posted by Richard on April 26, 2002 at 23:17:48:
In Reply to: Re: BSO - a related note posted by a fan on April 26, 2002 at 08:16:53:
Notwithstanding the flames that erupted over the invocation of Jacksonville, you touch on an interesting point. In the early 50s when Vic Firth was starting out, it was very common for the major orchestras to show preference for local players, ex or even current pupils. People knew each other, there were established loyalties and bondings, feelings of locality, and their musical traditions. Firth had played extra with the BSO, been a pupil of his predecessor, and at 23 became the youngest person to be given a principal chair with the BSO up to that time. You might say he learned on the job and ultimately achieved recognition as one of the top players.
Times have changed, and orchestras are obligated to open things up, or make an attempt to.
In the case of the tuba situation in Boston, I believe their dilemma is caused by their really doing their damndest to be fair, in the earnest belief that if they keep doin' it and doin' it, they'll get it right. Or, possibly, they're just a bunch of anal retentives who can't make up their minds.