My Winner With André – Part II

Sleeping BeaverBefore Monday night’s intermission, the Oregon Symphony embarked on Robert Schumann’s Symphony #1.  It is the 30-year-old’s very first attempt at orchestral composition, and unfortunately, the work demonstrates just how difficult writing a successful symphony is.  I’ll admit it: Ol’ Beavey thinks the piece is a downright snoozer.  If any reader wants to stick up for Mr. Schumann’s symphony, by all means, leave a comment.  Onward!

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3 Responses to “My Winner With André – Part II”


  1. 1 Maria Hein January 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I have to agree. It just seemed like a bunch of disparate parts with no whole in sight.

  2. 2 Dave Partridge January 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Bullshit. Mr. Schumann did not write a “bad” symphony. In my candid opinion, CK2 interpreted it poorly, tried to control it too much, and did not let the orchestra have the flexibility and flow with which to express it well.

  3. 3 Joe Cantrell January 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I loved it,felt joyful and grateful to be just a few rows from the Viola Section, though there were things I might have done differently. The exuberance of that young genius’weaving the strings in and out created an almost visual sensation of rushing water around boulders in the rapids, if you’ll pardon the obvious metaphor from a photographer.


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