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(UPI)   Viola player plays with same orchestra for 71 years, still fourth chair   (upi.com) divider line
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2022-11-30 2:19:14 PM  
Stick with it, you'll get better, I'm sure.
 
2022-11-30 3:43:18 PM  
Just don't hit a wrong note.
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2022-11-30 4:28:31 PM  
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2022-11-30 4:42:22 PM  
Alto clef gang representing.  Really, if you're the sort of person who's got the competitive drive to be a principal, you're not the sort of person who picks up a viola.  I mean, someone's gonna be, we're all happy for her, but being third row is just fine too.
 
2022-11-30 5:48:07 PM  
Another of the Alto clef gang here.  From 6th to 12th grade, 1978 to 1984, school and church.

Is there any other instrument that uses our clef?

Screwed me up from learning any other instrument though.

There are times I wish I still played, but never solo.   I only want to be part of a full orchestra.
 
2022-11-30 6:10:16 PM  
Everyone knows the viola is the beating heart of the orchestra. Others can be more flashy, but no one is gonna drive that pulsing ostinato better.
 
2022-11-30 6:18:43 PM  
ClintBartonWannabe:
Is there any other instrument that uses our clef?

Alto trombone, but that's about it.
 
2022-11-30 6:57:08 PM  

ClintBartonWannabe: There are times I wish I still played, but never solo.   I only want to be part of a full orchestra.


I didn't for 20-odd years after high school.  Fortunately, in my area there's gotten to be a once-a-week boxed-wine and cookies glee club orchestra (leaning toward fiddle tunes over classics). Mostly 50 and 60-something empty nesters, many who played years ago but some who never did before.  We'll play Christmas tunes at a senior center or something, but no real serious recitals.  Good time.
 
2022-12-01 2:22:40 PM  
Old joke:

Once there was a violist playing in the Winnipeg Symphony. He wasn't that wonderful a player, so he sat at the back of the section. One day he was cleaning out his attic and discovered an old lamp. He gave it a rub and out popped a genie.

"For letting me out of my lamp I'll grant you three wishes!" he said.

The violist thought for a moment and replied, "Make me a far better musician than I am now."

The genie told him that this would be done. He was to go to sleep, and in the morning he would be a much better musician. The next day he woke up to find himself the principal violist of the Symphony. Well, this was just great, he thought! But he knew he could do better. He rubbed the lamp again, and out popped the genie.

"You have two more wishes!" he said.

"I want you to make me a better musician than I am even now!"

Once again, the genie told him to go to bed, and when he woke up it would be so. When the violist awoke, he found he was now the principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic. Well, the violist thought this was pretty grand, but knew he could do better yet. He rubbed on the lamp again, and once more out came the genie.

"This is your last wish." the genie said.

"I want you to make me yet a better musician still!"

Yet again, he was told to go to sleep. The next morning, he woke up to find himself back in Winnipeg, sitting in the last desk of the second violin section.
 
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