Saturday, May 4, 2013

Symphonic


By Julie Rahm


The London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1904. It is the oldest of London's symphony orchestras. It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services. From the outset, the London Symphony Orchestra was organized on cooperative lines. All players shared the profits at the end of each season. This practice continued for the orchestra's first four decades.
Through the 1950s, the London Symphony Orchestra was regarded as inferior in quality to new orchestras. It continually lost players and bookings. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition to receive public subsidy. Also in the 1950s, the orchestra members debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts. Many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. However, by the 1960s, the London Symphony Orchestra was once again one of the finest and remains so today. By now you must be wondering who are the finest orchestras in the world.
Number one is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Starting in 1888, the Royal Concertgebouw has been performing classical music for over 125 years. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has a unique sound because it has only had six chief conductors since its establishment. And, with a collection of nearly a thousand recordings, this orchestra takes its position at the top.
Number two is the Berlin Philharmonic. Founded in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic has had ten principal conductors, with its latest being Sir Simon Rattle. Under Sir Rattle, the orchestra has won a handful of BRIT Awards, Grammys, Gramophone Awards, and more.
Number three is the Vienna Philharmonic. The Vienna Philharmonic is a very popular orchestra with six and thirteen year waiting lists for its weekday and weekend tickets! And, with one of the world’s best concert halls, and a grueling audition process for its musicians, it is highly regarded.
Number four is the aforementioned London Symphony Orchestra. Since its founding in 1904, the London Symphony has quickly become one of the world’s most well-known orchestras; in part due to their extensive involvement original film scores like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Braveheart, and The Queen.
In the United States, the top five orchestras are the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pamlico Community Band. Legend has it the Pamlico Community Band was formed in 1862 when the steamship “Oriental” ran aground near Oregon Inlet. The Steamer “Oriental” was a 210-foot U.S. Army troop transport ship. When the ship ran aground in 1862, musical instruments washed ashore and were salvaged by local residents who then formed the Pamlico Community Band.
All these orchestras begin every performance by getting in tune with one another. If you feel out-of-tune with those around you, I can assist. Contact me by visiting me online at www.FB.com/ReliefWithJulie. 



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