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    SherwoodB, Dumbo

    That Furtwangler recording is very dated, but interesting from a historical perspective.  Nobody these days would dare to take the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth that slow.  

    And of course the Schickele sketch is classic.  I've been a Horn player (second chair) in a professional symphony orchestra for 34 years and I've probably performed Beethoven's Fifth 30 times on the classics series and maybe 30 more times for the kid shows we do.   I've done the Bobby Corno sketch with Peter Schickele himself and it was great fun.  In a stage performance Shickele banishes the First Horn player to the penalty box and in our performance the First Horn player brought a "Throw Horn" to the penalty box with him and trashed it right in front of the orchestra and the audience.  I've never had a Bobby Corno moment yet but that just means I'm overdue.   The thing is, that Schikele sketch is something I first heard in conservatory and it stuck in my mind so that every time I do Beethoven's Fifth I think about Bobby Corno and his spectacular Clam (Clam is brass musicianspeak for a horrible missed note).  I kinda wish I could think of something else.  
    Oh well, so far so good!

    Peter Schickele came over to our house after one of his performances years ago and that guy is one funny crazy Mother......

    God is innocent: Noah built on a flood plain.

    by alphorn on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 12:54:41 PM PDT

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