CAPITAL UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sheila played second fiddle at this concert
Playing Second Fiddle
? Will he go with the conductor and play in the orchestra?
A noted violin player tells this interesting and instructive story.
Having applied for a position in the city orchestra, he was assigned
by the director to play second violin. When the musician demurred,
the orchestra leader told him that he found it much harder to find
violinists able to play second violin than first.
Finally the musician consented, but he soon found himself hopelessly lost and decided
to quit the orchestra. Persuaded to stay, at least for a while,
he tried his utmost to play second violin until he succeeded.
At last he wrote:
"How much of the mellowness and richness of our music would be lost if everyone
played first violin. If there were no harmony parts for any of the instruments,
even the great symphonies would not be worth listening to for long. It is the richness
of the blending of tones, blending into one beautiful whole, that makes music speak to us.
What comfort for those whom God appoints in their lives to play second fiddle."