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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rettepnoj, Feb 26, 2012.
In heaven every one is first chair.
...and everyone a section player.
...and they all give the conductor hell.
I remember one concert in Munich. MA was playing together with Hedwig Bilgram on the organ, and that good lady kept pushing the speed, going faster, and faster, and faster... until MA couldn't keep up and with a playful gesture, put down his instrument, went a few steps away and made as if he were using the trumpet as a speed camera. And when Hedwig Bilgram stopped playing, MA announced to the audience he was fining her for speeding...
...yet it sounds heavenly. In the other place, the masses of vilolas try to play heavenly, and their conductor gives them hell.
For some reason I can picture Maurice and Gabriel talking--not about mouthpieces (shop talk and boasting goes on in the other place, I suspect) but rather things like beauty, love and fine wines.
For the last concert he played in Munich, I brought my trumpet case along, and had him autograph it... He very kindly wrote: "Amicalement, Maurice André" and the date. I then continued that tradition and by this time that case bears the signatures of Guy Touvron, Sergej Nakarjakov, Hakan Hardenberger, Wynton Marsalis, Jens Lindemann, Ron Romm, Fred Mills (and the rest of the classic Canadian Brass: David Ohanian, Gene Watts and Chuck Daellenbach). You can guess that case hasn't seen a trumpet for some years and is one of my prize possessions... I'm just waiting to add Alison Balsom and Tine Thing Helseth to the collection.
Ludwig Güttler once saw the case and asked to be allowed to sign it, but was declined the honour...
RIP, Maurice. Fortunately, you have achieved a kind of immortality through your recordings.
If there are conductors, can it be Heaven? Especially choral conductors!