Conductor to orchestra at the beginning of a rehearsal:
"Please get your pencils out . . . we have some marking to do on this score:
The first two bars are in 3/4, not 4/4 as written.
Next, in the 5th bar, change it to 7/8 and this remains to the end.
Now, in bar 7 we lower the pitch 1/2 step.
In bar 13, lower the pitch one whole step and this will remain to the end.
Thank you. Now, let us begin."
Soprano soloist: "Excuse me, Maestro. What would you like for me to change?"
Conductor: "Nothing, madam. Just sing it exactly as you did yesterday."