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Comments about the soundtrack for Memoirs of a Geisha (John Williams)

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Re: Stereotype-casting string players
• Posted by: Zephros
• Date: Saturday, November 26, 2005, at 5:34 a.m.
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• In Response to: Stereotype-casting string players (dude)

> Yo-Yo Ma played for 7 years and tibet and this, Perlmann (A jew) played
> for Schindler's List, and Stern (uhh...American) played for The Patriot.

> Draw your own conclusions. I personally think that choosing soloists based
> on ethnicity is stupid.

So what the hell's that got to do with a Japanese movie? The fact that Yo-Yo Ma played 'cello for Williams for this is solely because he is recognised as one of the best cellists alive and he played for Williams in Tibet. Same with Perlmann. The choice may have been influenced by the emotional and historical attatchments of the players to give more emotion to the music (after all, Perlmann is closer to the events of WW2 more than the rest of the Boston Symphony), but it's clearly not exclusive. It mainly rested on the sheer talent of each musician; It's not as if Williams plucked Ma out of a pool of Asian musicians to perform for Tibet, he is world renowned for his 'cello work.

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