DB, Honorary Conductor for Life

Dear New York Folks,

This is Jiwon.

It should have been P.S.3 of the previous mail.

P.S. 3:

I reported quite a lot about the reasons why Daniel Barenboim doesn’t still know the exact definition of “amoral.”

Amoral: If you describe someone as amoral, you do not like the way they behave because they do not seem to care whether what they do is right or wrong.

I am sending it. By now, you should be able to analyze what has happened in “their” Chicago. The reason of Barenboim’s strange behavior is clearly different from the European way of directorship. At the age of 63, Barenboim still doesn’t seem to know what means the social rules or the common law.

The common law between the lovers,

The common law between the people,

The common law between the Chief Executive Officers,

The common law between the groups,

And so on…

Barenboim’s behaviors never match any of those. If the situation of the CSO is like this, what about the Staatskapelle? I bet the atmosphere among the Staatskapelle members is somewhat similar to the one in Chicago. But unlike their American counterparts, they can not voice up because of their German situation. They just work… like the slaves. I bet they prefer to be quiet instead of losing their job. (or disbanding…?)

When I was in a professional ensemble, all the members, including the guest conductors or even a guest engineer, knew who was the worst ensemble maker, but never dared to speak up the names. Why do you think so?

I still don’t know the exact reason, for I was not a member of its management. I just smell it.

And years later now, I smell the same thing here and there… and perhaps everywhere…

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.classical.recordings/browse_frm/thread/c342ef8659028d69/46db7569150480b2?lnk=st&q=barenboim&rnum=1&hl=ko#46db7569150480b2 An item from our local press: A copy of an article that Andrew Patner (Sic!) wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Monday, June 19, 2006 — Chicago Sun-Times, plus

CSO lauds departing Barenboim as ‘conductor for life’

Musicians’ statements at Barenboim’s CSO Farewell

By Andrew Patner (Sic!)

In a move unprecedented in the 115-year history of the Chicago Symphony  Orchestra, CSO musicians borrowed a page from their European counterparts and voted overwhelmingly last week to confer upon departing music director Daniel Barenboim the title of “Honorary Conductor for Life.”

In keeping with the surprise nature of the action, the move was announced from the Orchestra Hall stage by Barenboim himself when he acknowledged the title, “with deep joy and pride, with great joy” at the end of impromptu and unscheduled remarks delivered before the closing half of his final concert as music director Saturday night.

Of the four earlier CSO music directors with the most significant tenures, three — founder Theodore Thomas, Frederick Stock, and Fritz Reiner — died “in office” or just after their retirements and one, Sir Georg Solti, was awarded the title “music director laureate” by CSO management and trustees.

When Barenboim announced his plans two years ago to leave the orchestra he said, “I am not laureatizable.” In the meantime, relations between the complex and temperamental music director and senior trustees and management had reached the point where it was unclear what official honor, if any, would be an appropriate one to mark the end of the Barenboim era in Chicago. Trustee, staff, and musician members of the search committee for Barenboim’s replacement had also expressed concern that any move by the players bypassing management could jeopardize discussions with prospective successors.

These arguments and others were aired at a closed meeting of the full orchestra on Thursday whereupon the following resolution was adopted by a three-to-one margin and was read on behalf of the players at a post-concert reception Saturday night by veteran CSO trombonist Michael Mulcahy:

“Maestro Barenboim,

“This is a difficult time for us. After so many years, it is hard to believe that we will no longer be sharing the transcendent musical experiences we have known with you. Yet we have chosen to celebrate this occasion, not to mourn it. We celebrate first of all our extraordinary good fortune in having had these years together. We will always cherish our memories of what we have accomplished under your leadership.

“We also celebrate because it is simply beyond imagining that this is last time that you will conduct us. There is too much music left to make.

“So at this time, we do not wish to say good-bye. In the eyes of the members of the Chicago Symphony, in our hearts and minds, you are our Honorary Conductor for Life. In this way, we wish to thank you for all that you have given us in the past, and to thank you in advance for all you have left still to give.

In introducing the resolution, Mulcahy, regarded by many members of the orchestra as a voice of conscience and consensus, told the crowd of several hundred players, CSO chorus members, staff, and trustees, that a “symphony orchestra is a living being and the Chicago Symphony encompasses an almost unfathomable amount of life. So when this orchestra encountered Daniel Barenboim, it was the case of a behemoth coming into contact with a force of nature.” He went on to praise Barenboim’s uniquely personal connection to the orchestra and his passionate, intuitive, and uncompromising approach to music.

Alison Dalton, a longtime member of the first violin section, announced a gift to Barenboim from the orchestra that she said the players hoped would commemorate “two lessons you have shared with us: Your moral center and fearless self-expression which eschews sentimentality, and the art you make out of remembering without looking back.” Referring to comments Barenboim made to the players in their last rehearsal together, Dalton said that she hoped that the crystal obelisk, carved with the signatures of the 110 members of the orchestra, “will help the magic that will keep us in your frontal view while leaving us behind.”

Senior concertmaster Samuel Magad then read the inscription on the commemorative gift, “Presented in love and gratitude tour our friend and maestro Daniel Barenboim by his colleagues the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, June 17, 2006.”

Barenboim closed the informal ceremony by saying, “I am glad that this evening, this week, this time, is ending with joy. As I told the musicians privately in our last rehearsal together, I don’t know if and when or how many times my eyes will set on them as a group, but my heart will be with them always. They will be my honorary orchestra for life.”

Andrew Patner (Sic!) is critic-at-large for WFMT radio (98.7FM).”

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.classical.recordings/browse_frm/thread/c342ef8659028d69/46db7569150480b2?lnk=st&q=barenboim&rnum=1&hl=ko#46db7569150480b2 Now, THE FACTS, quoted from a response to Patner from Steve Lester, Chair of the CSO players’ Members Committee.

“Dear Andrew,

Thank you for forwarding the articles. I am sorry to tell you that the facts of the situation are very different than what you presented in your article. First, DB appointed himself something that the Members did not vote to him. It is very embarrassing that from the stage DB blurred an important distinction and that a small cadre of devoted supporters has provided misinformation to you. The motion as you have it was amended by the inclusion of “consider in our hearts and minds” because frankly, there was not consensus to appoint him Honorary Conductor for Life. It may seem a small distinction but, in fact, it carries significance.

Second, not so much weight should be place on this honorific. It was an emotional expression for the purpose of saying good bye and even that was very controversial. Trying to get the orchestra to approve something that does the right thing by saying good bye and thank you is difficult when there is so much history and ill feeling in the orchestra. The meeting was held with only fifty members in attendance, and only 40 voted, and the vote was far from unanimous. A significant number did not attend, wishing to avoid controversy and the wrath of this vocal divisive minority.

Third, everyone at the meeting was asked to keep, as we always do, our business private, and not discuss this in the press. Obviously, our confidence was compromised by someone in the orchestra. Not only that, but misinformation was provided by someone. It is unprecedented and unethical that you would have and publish the wording of a motion made in one of our meetings. And it is incorrect that you should assume that anyone can speak for the orchestra who is not an elected representative. Should this happen in the future I hope you would give us the courtesy of checking your facts.

I would be happy to discuss this sutation in detail with you, as I know you would agree that these are important concerns.


Steve Lester ”

http://www.suntimes.com/output/entertainment/cst-ftr-bare19.html Entertainment Archive / CSO lauds departing Barenboim as ‘conductor for life’ / June 19, 2006 / BY ANDREW PATNER / Bla… bla… bla…


I am curious.

Does Barenboim know it?

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