“Every once in a while, a part comes along that is obviously incorrect, either due to a copyist’s/editor’s mistake or simply something that the composer overlooked. It is up to us as performers to interpret the music as best we know how. One of the most obvious examples of this problem is in the cymbal part to “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky. This part is the most often asked-for excerpt for cymbals on auditions and therefore demands our attention.”
This is one of many “Terms” articles compiled by Michel Rosen. We’ll be highlighting several more of these valuable resources in future R!S Blog Throwback Thursday posts.