Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Haydn might agree

At choir tonight, we sight-read the next movement of Haydn's St Cecilia's Mass. It wasn't wonderful.

"Don't breathe between In excelsis and Deo," urged our conductor. "I know it's a long phrase, but the Deo is quite short. You won't die if you don't take a breath till afterwards."

Then, as he so often does, he continued in a murmur (and with a smile). I could just hear him: "Frankly, I'd rather you did die. It's all about the music."

I love him. I mean, I don't love him. But I love him as a conductor.