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Conducting Small Gems

Oct 23, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, the resident staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about conducting small gems. These short pieces - as opposed to symphonies and operas - are featured heavily especially during pops performances, and tend to get dismissed from discussions about great music. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's waltz from Eugene Onegin is one such piece. [audio src=""] Highlights From This Interview: Albert-George: "Tchaikovsky waltz from Eugene Onegin goes on for six minutes, goes on for a long time if you don't try to find the muse there. So why not give the eight notes a certain direction that they go?" Boyce: "People in this day and age are not going to sit down every day and listen to 35 or 40 minutes of a symphony, or an opera, or anything. They're going to throw a disc in, they're going to be driving their car and their going to hear the waltz and polonaise from Eugene Onegin, they're going to hear a short Mozart aria, a romance - that's what they have time to listen to." Albert-George: "It's easier to have thrills in the short form than it is in the long form. It's a lot of fun to do short forms. I keep telling audiences that there's a lot of gems you need to know about. I think there are a lot of (short) jewels there we can explore and find music in.