There are different ways to play it … you can go with the wonderful Aaron Hill’s version, unaccompanied, as it was written.

Or you can go with Phil Popham’s version, that includes accompaniment. Here it is with the oboe:

Here it is without the oboe, so you can play along!

Because some days — and especially in our current state of affairs — I need an extra dose of music for my soul:

William Byrd: Ave verum
Batavia Madrigal Singers; Dir. Avip Priatna

Arvo Pärt: Which was the son of
Gracias Choir; Boris Abalyan, Director

For the first time in quite a long while I decided to teach a reed making class this summer. I had a class of four, and the students did a very good job. Now, of course, the hard work begins for them: to really learn the craft takes a lot of determination and a lot of hours. (Along with a lot of cane and a rather aching back, as they learned!) All said they were very surprised at the difficulty, and one commented on now understanding why reeds cost what they do!

I enjoyed it so much I think I’ll do it again next year! Each student received a copy of my reed making book, included in the three session fee. I do have it for sale in pdf form for a mere $15 via PayPal if anyone else is interested.

Great job, Brenden, Jerily, Korin and Timothy! Keep working at it!

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Yes, I love oboe. But I love other instruments as well!

From the YouTube page:
A sample of the first rehearsal period in Prague of breathtaking, a project of Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey. Many thanks to Jan Krej?a for generously providing us with a basso continuo beautifully and anonymously for these rehearsal, and to Kristýna Bartošová for the video work. In the first phase of the project (November 2015) the team will be: Veronika Skuplik and Catherine Aglibut – violin, Mieneke van der Velden – viola da gamba, Kris Verhelst – organ and harpsichord, Jakob Lindberg – theorbo.

Plans include a North American concert tour Oct. 23 – Nov 12, 2016, and a tour in Japan in 2017.

A CD will be recorded for Passacaille in November 2015.

Sibelius: Be Still, My Soul (Ka­tha­ri­na A. von Schle­gel, in Neue Samm­lung Geist­lich­er Lied­er, 1752 (Stille, meine Wille, dein Je­sus hilft sie­gen); trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jane L. Borth­wick in Hymns from the Land of Lu­ther, 1855)
Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club; Mary Hopper, Conductor

Rachmaninoff: Blessed Art Thou
Gracias Choir; Boris Abalyan, Director

Richard Burchard: Tenebrae
Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club

Donna Wickham: Veni Redemptor Gentium
DU Lamont Chorale; Catherine Sailer, Conductor