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Expert At The Symphony Concert ------------------------------

Topic: corporate

Expert At The Symphony Concert ------------------------------

An efficiency expert looks at a symphony orchestra playing an unfinished symphony by Schubert:

1. For considerable periods, the four oboe players had nothing to do. Their number should be reduced, and their work spread over the whole orchestra.

2. Forty violins were playing identical notes. This seems unnecessary duplication, and this section should be drastically cut. If a larger volume of sound is required, this could be achieved through an electronic amplifier.

3. Much effort was absorbed in the playing of demi/semi- quavers. This seems an excessive refinement, and it is recommended that all notes be rounded to the nearest semi-quaver. If this were done, it should be possible to use trainees and lower-grade operators.

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 to twenty minutes.

If Schubert had attended to these matters, he probably would have been able to finish his symphony after all.

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