An Exciting Finish

Two of the more experienced bass players performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony knew from experience that at the end of the piece, the bassists play nothing for quite some time. Quietly, they decided to sneak off the stage for a quick snack at the lounge in the lobby.

After quickly downing a sandwich and a soda, one of them checked his watch. “Uh-oh, we play in about two minutes.”

“Don’t worry.” His friend ordered a second plate of fries. “I tied down the last page of the conductor’s score, so they’ll keep playing the same part over and over.’ ‘No one will ever notice.”

Taking the plate of fries with them, they tiptoed backstage and made their way back to their chairs. They slid by, mostly unnoticed, as the conductor struggled to untie his music score with one hand while still conducting the orchestra. However, an usher at the rear of the auditorium noticed that the musician was balancing a plate of fries and whispered, “What’s going on?”

The other usher answered, “Well, it’s pretty exciting.’ ‘It’s the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the bassists are loaded!”

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