Baltimore musicians talk about musical “first loves”

Posted on: August 18, 2014

In Friday’s (8/15) Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith asks members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other area musicians about “the first works that caught their ears and hearts and have continued to inspire them.” Among the respondents are Jane Marvine (BSO principal English horn): “I remember sitting and listening to [the Rite of Spring] record as a kid and getting all these mental images of what was happening in that music. It was so spooky and visceral.” Bryan Young (principal bassoon, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra): “I had two cassette tapes that my parents happened to have lying around the house—Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Mozart’s Greatest Hits. They absolutely captivated me as a kid.” James Wyman (BSO principal timpanist). “I got my first car in high school, a $900 Ford with a crappy cassette player. The only cassette I had was Beethoven’s Fifth. I played it until the tape broke.” Netanel Draiblate (concertmaster, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania). “I went to a concert by the orchestra in Israel my father played in. They played Beethoven’s First Symphony. At home, I found a vinyl recording of it and learned the groove where the fourth movement was. I would play it again and again.” Among those also interviewed for the article are BSO violinist Rui Du; BSO trumpet player Nathaniel Hepler; BSO assistant principal violist Karin Brown; and BSO associate principal horn Gabrielle Finck.

Posted August 18, 2014