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#75393 - 07/18/02 03:23 PM Luddy's 5th
TEd Remington Offline
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Many years ago my old man, Papa Rem, was the publicity director for the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and was good friends with Eugene Ormandy and his successor Dmitri Metropolous (I think that's how you spell his name). He also knew many of the players, including a bass player who told him this story.

After the first movement, the bass players sit and stare at their instruments until the finale of the Beethoven's Fifth. So Harold and the other two bass players decided one night to slip out for a drink during this extended hiatus. One drink led to another to another, etc., until the second chair began to get worried. "We've gotta be back in time for the finale," he warned his two companions.

"Not to worry, I've got it down to the second. And even if we are a bit late I tied up Ormandy's sheet music with a piece of tough twine. By the time he gets it untangled we'll be back in our seats ready to play."

Yep, you guessed it. It was the end of the fifth, the bases were loaded, and the score was tied.


#75394 - 07/18/02 07:55 PM Re: Luddy's 5th
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Ted, you are just too adorable! If I could memorize a single one of your stories, this would be the one. And the first person I'd tell it to would be Modgod after we'd listened to the fifth with our tubs of buttered popcorn.

Whatever you do, please never stop being you!

Big kiss,

#75395 - 07/19/02 09:27 AM Re: Luddy's 5th
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Registered: 02/24/01
Posts: 387
Loc: Hartsville, New York.
That's the annoying part: everyone is jealous of us and, when they write music, like to spite us by making us stand there doing nothing the whole time.

#75396 - 07/19/02 10:45 PM Re: Luddy's 5th
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Ah, jim, jealousy is just another form of admiration.

Bassk in the glow of it!


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