The reality v the dream…SD reply…

I agree, Greater. It came as a complete shock to me to realize the dichotomy between the image that is projected of music as having such a youthful and healing influence on the players when in fact a number of them break down physically and/or emotionally from the strain of living their dream in an orchestra.

I watched my teacher, who was a Principal Flute, go through a near-fatal heart attack that nearly destroyed his extraordinary sound that then led to substance abuse that eventually caused him to be terminated.

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/05/now-minnesota-loses-its-principal-clarinet.html#comment-118537

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