Oliver Messiaen: O sacrum convivium
Ensemble vocal Aedes; Mathieu Romano, Director

(Something a bit more contemporary for the ears this morning.)

Philippe Fénelon: Zwei Psalmen
Ensemble vocal Aedes; Mathieu Romano, Director

I sometimes have a stressful week when it comes to my music making. This has turned into such a week, all because of a few simple measures. (The funny thing is it could change in a blink of an eye: so much depends upon my reeds and my confidence.) Practicing is, of course a very important part of dealing with such stress. But so is doing other things, including my walking. (I like to walk 6 miles in a day whenever possible.)

So today, prior to my jumping into the studio, I took such a walk. At one point I found someone staring at me. I think he was saying, “It’s not a life and death thing. Lighten up! Take time to smell the roses.”

Or maybe he was suggesting eating the roses. You choose. ;-)

Green on Red, 10.20.16


My friend — the fantastic oboist Mingjia Liu — has a company, MusEcho, that is making some wonderful reed making tools. He sent me some to try, and I’m mightily impressed! Below are images of these tools. Not only are they very high quality, but they are beautiful. Yes, I like things that look lovely!

Here is an image of what I received. He does have one more tool there — a twin splitter — but I don’t split my own cane, so I had no need for that.

Burnishing rod, ruler, knife and waxed thread:

The following links will take you to the page talking about the item.

The “Bev-LLow” knife feels fantastic in my hand! It is comfortable, a great weight, and works very well when carving. Look at that gorgeous wood and great sheath! Oh … and there’s a magnet in the sheath so you can attach your plaque. Handy!

This is waxed thread. Yes. Waxed. How cool is that? Read more about these spools at his site. VERY clever!

FINALLY! A gauge ruler for both left handed and right handed people! This is one brilliant ruler. Both sides are marked. I’ve been dreaming of something like this for a long time! And of course there’s the gauge to measure cane diameter. Handy!

The burnishing rod is a handy tool too: the magnetic rod fits inside its handle. This is not a lightweight tool, but I love it. And of course it’s also a lovely tool to look at … plus I love that it comes with a holder. I like my tools to be neat and tidy.


BRAVO, Minjia, and thank you so very, very much. These are fantastic!

Come, Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing, arr. Wilberg
ECU Chamber Singers; Dr. James Franklin, Conductor; Andrew Scanlon, Organ

Richard Burchard: Sitivit Anima Mea
Frost Chorale; Dr. Karen Kennedy, Conductor

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, arr. Alice Parker
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor

Mendelssohn: Richte mich, Gott (Psalm 43)
Ensemble Vocalitas Nova; Karl Hänsel, Conductor

I had just posted this last week, and here is another. Wow … great young musicians here!

Info from the YouTube page:
From our Classical Music Concert at the New World Center in Miami, FL for National YoungArts Week 2016.

Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Piano, Op.27 (1906) by Destenay
I. Allegro vivace

Performed by 2016 YoungArts Winners in Music:

Kip Zimmerman | oboe
Yijin Wang | clarinet
Anastasia Magamedova | piano

It’s been reported by several bassoonists that Mr. Van Hoesen has died. He taught a good number of bassoonists I know. He taught at Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music and, finally, Eastman. If I find any articles I’ll post them here.

… and the first blog post I’ve seen:

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