Monday, April 15, 2013

Pieces (and Parts) of April

With the Doc Severinsen “Italian Style” Pops concert last night, we have passed into the Italian portion of our season, with Verdi’s Requiem and Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) taking up most of the rest of the month. There was and will be great voices. Joseph Wolverton starred in the Pops, singing Vesti lo giubba from Pagliaci, Nessun dorma from Turandot, La strada del Bosco, (Doc translated it as "Standing over my chocolate milk)" and many other favorites. The powerful Verdi and the hilarious Rossini (which will be done in English as the capstone of this year’s Rossini Festival) strike a nice yin-yang mood balance.


The parts from which we read can be a written history of performances of the piece. Rental music goes everywhere, and for some of the more obscure works, the path a piece of music takes might make an intriguing study. The covers of the books for big-name artists are signed by many, many players, despite cruel measures threatened by publishers for “defacing” the music.

In practice, though, sometimes the part is just no help. I don’t know which work the next picture came from, but this spot is obviously subject to various interpretations. Which interpretation is anyone’s guess at the first rehearsal.

And sometimes there’s just too much help...

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