Those mixed feelings you get when your barely play at all in a piece
New rule: You aren’t allowed to whine about a minimal part if you aren’t good enough to be assigned the first chair part.
I know that the commenter is John Mackey, but I’m really uncomfortable with this sentiment. First of all the player is probably the Bass trombone player, which is a completely different chair that usually have separate auditions. Also, a lower chair doesn’t mean you are worse or better than anyone else. It just means that you are playing that part. Second can be harder that first and requires different skills. First is not better than second. And people need to remember that.
How appalling that a famous composer would downgrade musicians like that. Musicians who have worked hard. I don’t see the rest of the part so maybe more is written, but as someone who has played every numbered part, I would whine, too. So the student who has been working her way up to play in the higher ensemble, but gets placed third because of her awesome low range, is stuck to only play one note every once and while? Oh, and not complain about it. How can she get better if she only plays 1% of the music? I’m hoping this is a distasteful joke and not something that actual people believe.