This weekend's concerts of the Columbus Symphony include Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, "Pathetique", the unusual Beethoven Leonora No. 2, and Jonathan Leshnoff's Double Concerto for violin and viola, with our Concertmaster, Charles Wetherbee on violin and Roberto Diaz, viola.
Jonathan was there for the rehearsal today, and he is the nicest composer you could ever meet. I also love his music. So when I complain about the following passage, it's only lightly.
The passage in the photo below is nearly impossible to play well, since the tempo is so fast and the notes so constant as to prevent breathing. Luckily the two clarinet parts are identical in several measures, and as you can see from the following photo, we will alternate playing parts of the long sixteenth passages.