Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

A company chairman was given a ticket for a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Since he was unable to go, he passed the invitation to the company’s Quality Assurance Manager.

The next morning, the chairman asked him how he enjoyed it and, instead of a few plausible observations, he was handed a memorandum:

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1. For a considerable period, the oboe players had nothing to do. Their number should be reduced, and their work spread over the whole orchestra, thus avoiding peaks of inactivity.

2. All twelve violins were playing identical notes. This seems unnecessary duplicative, and the staff of this section should be drastically cut. If a large volume of sound is really required, this could be obtained through the use of an amplifier.

3. Much effort was involved in playing the demi-semiquavers. This seems an excessive refinement, and it is recommended that all notes should be rounded up to the nearest semiquaver. If this were done, it would be possible to use trainees instead of craftsmen.

4. No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that has already been handled by the strings. If all such redundant passages were eliminated, the concert could be reduced from two hours to twenty minutes.

In light of the above, one can only conclude that had Schubert given proper attention to these matters, he probably would have had the time to finish his symphony.


张信哲 弦歌系列演唱会之前已成功征服了北京,上海与香港歌迷的心。对于这种与交响乐合作的形式,多才多艺的阿哲说:5岁开始学习小提琴,小学到中学都是合唱团主力,大学里还修过两年声乐。几年前因担任上海交响乐团的演出嘉宾,让我产生了这个想法,这次演唱会能和交响乐团合作是实现了我的梦想。他还说演唱会期间虽然不是每天都有很多时间练琴,但是基本要保证每天能有一个小时的练琴时间。

之前在北京的「弦歌四季」演出,被设计成交响乐乐章的结构 ——— 春潮夏至秋夜吹雪回暖五个乐章,囊括了《信仰》、《宽容》、《爱就一个字》等20多首经典情歌。香港演唱会上除了经典歌曲,则还特别呈现了 麦兜 仲有最靓猪腩肉

这次把演出搬来阿哲非常熟悉的新加坡,他将首次与本地的南洋艺术学院管弦乐团(Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra) 合作, 呈现他在本地的第一次交响乐演出。为了配合 30 人的交响乐团,张信哲的歌曲将被大量改编。三分之二的歌需要重新改编,其中有不少与电子乐、古典乐结合的地方,或许会让熟悉的歌迷都感到陌生。不过,曲目方面,阿哲答应会尽量迎合本地市场以及歌迷的喜爱,呈现一些其他地区未有的歌曲。

对于近年来渐渐扩展事业版图,参与戏剧、舞台剧以及电影演出的情歌王子张信哲来说,与交响乐合作呈现『弦 张信哲 x 交响乐』无疑还是一次全新挑战,除了希望能在舞台上擦出新火花,当然还是希望能带给本地喜欢并且支持他多年的歌迷们一种惊喜。想知道弦乐版的 不要对他说”, “宽容”, “信仰”, “爱如潮水”, “用情”, “白月光”, “太想爱你”, “做你的男人会是如何,就不能错过这个演出了!

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