Stock images make musicians look STUPID.
Composers do some very nasty things. Composers do some very lovely things too.
First up, those composers being nasty
That horn entry in Bruckner's fourth symphony
Hushed concert hall, tremolo strings, solo entry. No pressure, guys. We bet horn players have been thanking Bruckner for this moment for centuries.
The Ghosts of Versailles
There's not too much paranormal, or indeed any activity here. John Corigliano's opera is a smashing masterpiece - but clearly, at least at one point, the basses head to the pub.
Requests like this
That's OK, we didn't have anything else planned...
La Terre est Un Homme by Brian Ferneyhough
It's a very cool visual monstrosity - but just pray you don't come across it in a score reading exam when you have a hangover.
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The very demanding Samuel Barber Violin Concerto
More expression in the pluck.
The sort of thing that sparks a bloody revolution in the cello section.
And the times composers completely adored musicians
Very loud from maestro Fučík
That's right, guys. 24 ƒs...
Florentiner Marsch by awesome bombastic Czech composer Julius Fučík. This is one of the splendid tracks on our Drive Featured Album this week, so cover your ears at around 6.18 every evening.
This performance direction
You ask them, they will oblige...
More 'loud' from Warlock's Benedicamus Domino
As if tenors ever needed that sort of encouragement with their top Gs. Peter Warlock marked this cracking final line 'fortississimo'. Pop in a throat lozenge and go for gold.
Mooing with Richard Ayres
Be honest here, who doesn't want to stand on a stage and make farmyard noises?
Thanks so much.
And then there's Stravinsky's Firebird Suite to finish
Surely, the closing bars of this epic are the most satisfying thing in all music. For every member of the orchestra. Even the triangle.