Villanelle: Rehearsal

Conducting experiments

It’s better than it was before.
But it must be exactly right.
Please can we try it just once more?

That’s just what I was hoping for,
You strings; you kept your bowing tight.
Far better than it was before.

Flutes: sorry to be such a bore:
Those quavers must be quick and light.
Please can we try it just once more?

Remember, trumpets: really soar
In bar sixteen – be bold and bright.
Still, better than it was before.

You’ll notice if you check the score
A rallentando – very slight.
Please can we try it just once more?

You’ve worked so long and hard, I’m sure
You’ll sound amazing on the night –
Much better than you did before.
Now: can we try it just once more?

A small tribute to our wonderful Community Orchestra conductor; a gracious lady with infinite patience and nerves of steel who gives her professional experience freely to amateurs possessed of far more enthusiasm than skill. She works us hard, sets high standards and encourages us to play music, not simply the right notes in the right order. For two hours a week, there’s no room in my brain for anything except music. And for that, perhaps above all else, I’m incredibly grateful to her.

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8 thoughts on “Villanelle: Rehearsal

  1. Thank you Christine – actually, you’re probably in the best place to hear us from: a long, long way away…it is a wonderful thing, though, and one of the real highlghts of my week. To be able to lose myself like that is very, very precious and important.

    • The whole world can be grateful that we’ve not yet been recorded! One day, maybe. For now, I don’t think The London Symphony Orchestra has anything to worry about. Thanks for your visit, Ina.

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