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Response To:
Pachelbel ()

Bill Houghton, Sebastopol, CA
The trombone (and baritone horn) part for Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" consists nearly entirely of quarter notes, with a lot of repetition: bum-bum (change pitch) bum-bum (change pitch) bum-bum... There's one measure - one - with two eighth notes*. I was in band in high school, and at my graduation, we in the lower brasses started counting the times we repeated the entire piece. 22 times. By about repeat ten, we were all looking forward to the measure where we could play the eighth note like someone lost in the desert who spies the oasis.

It's still, 51 years later, a vivid memory of musical suffering.
*For those not familiar with musical notation, an eighth note is half the length of a quarter note, and a quarter note is generally equivalent to the beat - the rhythm.

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