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A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
A conductor can't be too arrogant with an orchestra and try to impose himself too much.
Because I don't take money, I'll go anywhere and do a benefit concert with almost any orchestra.
David Ogden Stiers
I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That's what's fun about recording with an orchestra.
It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine.
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
When you hear a large symphony orchestra. for instance, in a concert hall, there's a big, sweeping sound that just doesn't get on to a record.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
These groups within a society can he distinguished according as to whether, like an army or an orchestra, they function as a single body; or whether they are united merely to defend their common interests and otherwise function as separate individuals.
Not everybody gets to record with an orchestra, and not everybody that gets to record with an orchestra gets to write all their own stuff.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.
At school, I enjoyed playing the bassoon. I was in the orchestra and played the melody when the other boys sang hymns at prayers time.
So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending.
God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity.
I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them.
Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.
I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra.
I have ambitions to do a Broadway record one of these days and get in the studio with like, a real orchestra. I'm a big musical theatre geek.
The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.
And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
The game is if the orchestra can hear each other, they play better. If they play better and there's a tangible feeling between the orchestra and the audience, if they feel each other, the audience responds and the orchestra feels it.
And at the same time, I had my very first concert at the age of 16. I hadn't heard a symphony orchestra before, and I was so deeply impressed I said I have to be a conductor.
An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.
Acting is just playing the violin in an orchestra. Directing is being the conductor.
There is no relationship between the gestures and what an orchestra will do.
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