Great Composer with Poor Trombone Skills
November 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
Sue Addison, a principal trombonist for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, recently discovered that Edward Elgar who was a world-famous composer and died in 1934 was a terrible trombone player. She researched his trombone which has been kept at Royal college of Music and found a letter from Elgar’s friend, Dora Penny.
In the letter, Penny said. “On one occasion, he [Elgar] got up and fetched a trombone that was standing in a corner and began trying to play passages in the score. He didn’t do very well and often played a note higher or lower than the one he wanted…and as he swore every time that happened, I got into such a state of hysterics that I didn’t know what to do. Then he turned to me [and said]: ‘How do you expect me to play this dodgasted thing if you laugh?.”
It is hard to imagine one of the most remarkable composers plays an instrument, and the people laugh at his skills although he wrote a beautiful melodies for the instrument, but then, how many could world famous composers play trombone well? Even if they composed beautiful melodies or pieces for an instrument, it doesn’t mean they are also good at playing the instrument.
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