Conducting Small Gems
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.
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.