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A consultant was given a ticket for a performance of Schubert's "Unfinished
>Symphony." After attending the concert, the consultant sent the following
>memorandum to the conductor suggesting a number of improvements..
>1. For a considerable period, the oboe players had nothing to do. Their
>number should be reduced, and their work spread over the whole orchestra,
>thus avoiding peaks of inactivity.
>2. All twelve violins were playing identical notes. This seems unnecessary
>duplication, and the staff in this section should be drastically cut. If a
>large volume of sound is required, this could be obtained through use of an
>3. Much effort was involved in playing the 16th notes. This seems an
>excessive refinement, and it is recommended that all notes should be
>rounded up to the nearest 8th note. If this were done, it would be possible
>to use paraprofessionals instead of experienced musicians.
>4. No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that has
>already been handled by the strings. If all such redundant passages were
>eliminated, the concert could be reduced from two hours to twenty minutes.
>5. This symphony has two movements. If Schubert did not achieve his musical
>goals by the end of the first movement, then he should have stopped there.
>The second movement is unnecessary and should be cut.
>In light of the above, one can only conclude that had Schubert given
>attention to these matters, his symphony would probably have been finished
>by now.