Dynamics-Part VI ( Composer/Conductor Ingolf Dahl )
Composer ingolf Dahl offers a comment that supports the concept of relative dynamics.
The proceedings immediately ground to a halt, and after the ensuing laughter had died down, Ingolf queried the trombonist as to the reasons for his “generous outpouring of sound” (a phrase forever etched in the "local" memory bank). The trombonist defensively and defiantly responded that his part was clearly marked fortississimo (“fff”).
Mr. Dahl then offered the opinion the trombonist’s “fff” was far too loud because there were only nine musicians in the group, and that his “fff” might be more appropriate in a “marching band over at the [L. A.] Coliseum.” ( a stadium facility located approximately one km from the locale of the rehearsal in question)
One of Dahl’s favorite and oft-stated musical admonitions was the universally accepted axiom that dynamics are relative, a concept that should be a “no-brainer"* but which, nevertheless, is routinely violated or ignored by many musicians.