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Apr. 7th, 2007 12:10 pm
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[Adapted from email]

Dad: I've never seen a performance of this piece before...

Me: Isn't it originally a piano piece? So this is the orchestration, then. [The] conducting is especially skillful. My only complaint: notice the font on the score? It's the same font as all the idiotic signs in the Camera Obscura shop.

Me: Well, now I've listened to it. It creates a very serene feeling, even faintly religious, rather like the Maundy Thursday vigil last night. People took it in turns to sit "and keep watch" in the church (darkened, with the altar stripped) for hour-long slots throughout the night; I was there from 10 to 11pm.

[Ed - Clearly, I mostly wanted to talk about Maundy Thursday. It was quite the experience. It's quite powerful being in a room with other people where nobody says anything at all.]

Dad: I thought that the handkerchief after the first movement was a nice touch ...

Me: And, of course, I do rather like the fact that people save their coughing for the breaks between movements.

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