I am one of those insane violinists whom love orchestra and are willing to spend hours at ends in orchestra practise playing the same bars over and over and over again and don´t get tired of it (well expect for when the conductor has the orchestra tuning the harmonies note after note after note). Orchestra has given me fantasic memories, fantastic concerts, wonderfully succesful practises, shoulder ache beyond imagination, frustration beyond imagination, a great lesson in patience (we´ll get that bar right eventually) and greatly improved violin skills :) So all in all I´m an orchestra geek.
There are always those signs which one can use to tell whether one is an orchestra geek or not.
1- You consider the day which has orchestra practise you´r favourite day of the week
2-You listen to the orchestra piece you´r playing up to 5 times a day (Dvorak 9th symphony is a wonderful "easy" listening)
3- You call your friend excitedly after confirming your participation in a youth orchestra project and you´r both highly excited to begin
4- You Invite (i.e. drag) you´r non classical music listening friends to your concerts and promise them that the music will be awesome (yet again Dvorak 9th never fails ;) )
5- You´r chamber ensemble conductor gives you a massive guilt trip when told that you intend not to participate that term so because of guilt you decide after all to participate
6- Orchestra is one of your favourite topics of discussion
7- Your favourite treat pasttime is to attend symphony concerts
8- When attending symphony concerts where Dvorak 9th symhpony is being played you spend your time on analyzing the diffrence between the performance of your youth orchestra and the one your listening to.
9- When listening to symphonies you know well and/or have played you find yourself either imitating the violin movements of the music or find yourself conducting
10- You can answear in the blink of an eye whach your favourite symphonies are and why
I could come up with many more reasons but short in short I am an orchestra geek and proud of it :)
Feel free to add to the list if you want and I do apologize for all spelling mistakes, unfortunaetly spelling isn´t my biggest strength in English (which is my 2nd language)
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