The Orchestra Game

First Movement: Assembling the Orchestra

Let’s say there are strings, winds, brass and percussion. We could also say there is only percussion, or strings, or brass, if that’s what we wanted to say. Or we could also say that in addition to strings, winds, brass and percussion we have voice. And  some voices hum, and some mumble and some sing. Depending on the size of the group and the piece you plan to perform, or make up.

Then you ask everyone to pick their instrument, close their eyes, and start tuning up. And then, after a while, with their eyes still closed, to assemble into groups of similar instruments, assuming an orchestra-like array.

Second Movement: tuning up

And finally, when they feel sufficiently assembled, but still with their eyes closed, tune-up until they reach a chord.

Third Movement: the performance

The third movement begins with the opening of the eyes, which is always amusing. Next, people need to select the piece they would like to perform and, of course, the conductor. If some people are less than eager to perform, they may also designate themselves as “enthusiastic audience.”

And then, without further ado or adieu, the performance.

Fourth Movement: the bow and the encore

After their performance, the players take their bows. First, of course, the conductor. Then, at the direction of the conductor, the soloists, the choir, and, finally, the the different segments of the orchestra. If there is no audience, they bow to each other. Finally, if so moved, without discussion or elaboration, they perform an encoure as if they already knew exactly what piece they had planned to play. Or maybe not so much.

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