>The Sound of the Story

The roar of the trumpet.
The sigh of the violin.
The whisper of the harp.
The shout of the cymbals.
The exclamation of the drum.
The titter of the flute.
The moan of the clarinet.
The squeak of the piccolo.
The bellow of the French horn.
The growl of the tuba.

The sigh of the conductor as the beauty of the symphony tells its’ story. Is it a butterfly skipping along in the sunshine ? Is it a young maiden mourning the loss of her one true love ? Is it the run and chase and frolic of wild beasts and children ? What story shall the conductor help to tell today ?

The voices of the instruments begin softly and slowly to speak. Like any good story the pauses are dramatic, the tone provocative and the chance to draw emotions out of the listener is taken again and again. They take us on a journey of imagination, creativity and wonder. The William Tell Overture leaves us with the breath of the horses still on our necks as we race over the hills to escape our pursuers. Water Music can bring to mind images of kings and queens parading through the great hall with the regal trumpet call. Toccata and Fugue can easily transport us to some villainous lair in a castle with its dramatic organ crescendo. Symphony #9 sweeps us out over the ocean to lands far away. The Barber of Seville may forever bring to mind images of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny but the merry melody is beautiful all the same.

Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rossini; all great story tellers using just the voice of the instruments to tell the tale.

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