Editor’s note

Editor’s note

magine a chamber group rehearsing in an empty hall. The players arrived
with different styles, different approaches, but in this place, some amalgam
must be achieved. The world outside melts away as heads bend toward the
music. Always the music. A question of tempo comes up. The group tries different
ones, often amid great hilarity, until one feels right. The imperative of
balance asserts itsel£ More viola here, less cello. Always the music. The material
itself is the inspiration, the players thoughtfully, respectfully shaping it, listening
closely to all the voices and to each other. A collective intention found in
the process. On and on through hours of focused, concentrated work, the
energy level high and exhilarating. Always the music, always consensus, though
sometimes not easily reached. This speaks to my sense of how Making a
Difference/Toute la différence came into being. Always the book.

My sincere thanks to Alex Fancy, Clarissa Green, Guy Allen, Arshad
Ahmad, Claude Lamontagne and Sylvia Riselay and to the authors who gave us
the music.

A sustained round of applause is due Alex Fancy. It was his faith, tenacity
and leadership that made possible the completion of this project in a dauntingly
short time frame.

 MARILYN LERCH