Friday, October 05, 2012

Simple Pleasures

People often ask me, "What are you thinking about while you are sitting in front of the orchestra, waiting to sing?"

Tonight, I was thinking about how the bassoon countermelody - when the violas first come in with the Ode to Joy theme - in the last movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony is one of the most happy and joyful countermelodies I've ever heard.

It makes me smile every time I hear it.  I daresay, it is my favorite part of the Ludwig's 9th Symphony.

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