daily kaddish: backstage at the opera


I recorded tonight’s Kaddish between acts of La Traviata at Festival Opera in Walnut Creek. There aren’t a lot of non-stage places to play where sound doesn’t leak into other stages or houses, so I wound up in a small emergency-exit hallway with nothing but hard surfaces. I was recording with iTalk on my iPhone, which has no input level controls, so I had to play pianissimo to minimize the distortion from high input levels. It was interesting how playing the whole thing as quietly as possible changed the shaping of its phrases for me; with minimal dynamic range, I had to use agogic accents (lengthening notes or inserting slight pauses between notes).

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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