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best thing about fabe?

This message was contributed by Simon H on 8/8/02.
It was in reply to this message: best thing about fabe?
posted by Doug Stewart on 4/8/02.

What’s the best thing about being in FABE?

Now that is a good question.

Well, at one stage in my life I would definitely have said the travelling. The thought of getting on a plane one day and arriving on the other side of the world by dawn; spending two or three weeks travelling around meeting new people and performing a concert in an exotic location with a big party at the end. The combination of all these factors produces a big kick and I still love it.

I have always enjoyed commissioning new work from a composer whose music we all admire and waiting for the manuscript to arrive through the post. Chamber music for brass is a fairly new phenomena, so playing a small roll in the development of a repertoire for ourselves and future generations is exciting in itself. In the old days we used to try and guess what the composer looked like by their calligraphy. But nowadays composers use Sibelius or Finale typesetting programmes so the music is our only hint as to their personality.

Ultimately the biggest thrill must be the playing. I have had the pleasure of working with some extraordinary brass musicians (and have done so for most of my adult life). Sitting in an orchestra, a band, a pit or whatever and playing the trombone rarely allows me the freedom of expression or the satisfaction that I get from chamber music.

After a long journey you often emerge from the car tired and rumpled thinking ‘What on earth am I doing here?’ You see people walking home after a hard day’s work and we haven’t started. But music has a magical property. When it goes well it’s like stepping into heaven. There can't be many jobs that do that.

I have gone on stage unable to breathe, with running eyes, blocked nose etc. and come off two hours later cured. Yes, tunes help you breathe more easily.

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