Like bureaucracy, we only look at the page turner when it breaks. Yet try reading notes from the wrong page. Thus if we were to better understand their role in music, we would probably need a case that makes it visible — which might require exaggerating a bit the story for analytical/artistic purposes. Thinking of this gave me some peace on whether I am the Margaret Mead of bureaucracy.
Sonata for Page Turner and Piano
I. Andante molto rubato
This piece features the page turner as soloist. It's performed here by page turner Daniel Gandert, with Dawn Chambers on piano. The piece was written to showcase the skills of the virtuoso page turner, and there are many extended techniques required of the soloist. For example, much of the the first movement is written one note per page, so the pages must be turned rapidly to keep the musical line continuous. The second movement is quiet and introspective, so the pages must be turned with the utmost care and quietness. The third movement features a complex web of repeats, da capos and codas which the page turner must keep straight
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