08. October 2005 · Comments Off on Well, Yeah … · Categories: imported, Ramble

… you received two quotes in one day. I couldn’t resist putting up the second. It is, after all, an oboe quote! I don’t find those very often.

So anyone have a view on this? I remember hearing an audition some time ago where a oboist played (behind the screen) and while we could tell he or she was talented we knew the sound and approach wouldn’t work for our orchestra. It sounded like the person had been trained overseas somehwere. The vibrato was a bit wild. The tone wasn’t as dark as the “American sound”. And yet I did enjoy the differences. There was some sort of “new life” there. But what can you do? Blend is important. We can’t have one individual in a section that has such a glaringly different tone and approach. As a soloist it could work, but not in our orchestra setting. Or at least I don’t think so. Anyone want to disagree?

About the Ellington quote … you’ll be seeing more of his, along with Amram, who is also being played at the next Symphony Silicon Valley concert. I’d give you a Gerswin quote as well, but so far I’ve only found one and it’s about women, not music. :-)
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08. October 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

We have forgotten, or refuse to accept, the fact that there are other schools of playing, other approaches to the oboe, other methods of making reeds, which deserve and have at least as wide an acceptance as our own … We are taught to laugh at the English vibrato, smirk at the German sound, ridicule the French brightness.

-Melvin Berman (Professor emeritus of oboe and chamber music at the University of Toronto; from the Journal of The International Double Reed Society, 1973)
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08. October 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.

-Duke Ellington
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