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    as a conductor, richard strauss said, 'never look at the trombones, it only encourages them'.

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    Then there is the story of the percusionnist who thought he had been promoted to conductor, but in reality somebody had stolen one of his sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    as a conductor, richard strauss said, 'never look at the trombones, it only encourages them'.
    I had seen this quoted as 'never look at the brass...' [SOURCE- The Armchair Conductor by Carlinsky & Goodgold.]

    "The Armchair Conductor" has about a Bakers-Half-Dozen of such quotes, but here's an anecdote that you won't find in "Armchair Conductor:"

    The scene, Heifetz soloing in the Sibelius Concerto, Philadelphia Orchestra- Stokowski conducting. Heifetz suggests that the Orchestral Violins play softer in a certain passage. Now Heifetz, already at that time the sovereign virtuoso of his day, was used to having even World-Class Maestros acquiesce to his suggestions. Stokowski, though, whose concerns about Orchestral Balance were something he considered his exclusive provenence, even to the point of participating in and overseeing the production end of recordings, did not immediately warm to the suggestion. He replied:

    "Everyone else, play louder. Violins, you stay the same."

    Heifetz instructed RCA to destroy the Masters of the recording, but the recording lived on as a shellac test-pressing that Heifetz retained, and was made available to the Philadelphia Orchestra by the Heifetz estate, somewhile after he died...
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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    I'm sure there are plenty of stories for this thread about Bernstein... after all, he's Bernstein.

    Here's something... I don't remember if I saw it in this forum or what, but I, for one, absolutely love it (for soon-to-be obvious reasons...).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaXt3O3APgk
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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