Breaking Performance conventions:
Breaking performance conventions can be fun:
Or damaging to yourself and others, especially when pyrotechnics are involved:
Or get you laughed at, (which in this case is clearly the intention):
This is "The Woodpecker Song" by Harold Adamson and Eldo di Lazzaro played by Chico Marx in 'Go West'.
So, when you break the rules as a performer, please be aware of the context in which you are performing and be clear about your intentions, and the possible consequences of not following the rules!
Please view the lecture on 'The Sound of an Orchestra' by Leonard Bernstein in which performance conventions are broken to make a point about the proper role of an orchestra,(at this site on the Leonard Bernstein lecture 3 page).
Please now complete Assignment number 6, where you are asked to judge performances.