15. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’m going to be doing a bit of work on this site … not changing, really, but adding … and I have, at this point, added two new pages. Go here and you’ll see links to personal websites of double reed players. Try this link to see my list of university instructors. This second page is far from finished, but I thought if I put it up perhaps I’d hear from some readers.

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15. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported



ENGLISH HORN/DAMORE



BASSOON



CONTRABASSOON



ENSEMBLES


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15. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I found an article by Harold C. Schoenberg about musicians via the internet archive wayback machine. (What would I do without that handy site?!) Here’s a quote that I am fairly sure will make you want to go there too:

Oboe players, says Dickson, are “untouchables”, and if they are less troublesome than cellists, it is only because there are fewer of them. Oboists are the unhappiest of musicians, constantly complaining. “They know nothing about music. They don’t have time to learn. Most of their time is spent on shaving their double reeds.” (Get ready to duck, Dickson!) For some reason, Dickson continues, all first oboists are gangsters. They are “tough, irascible, double-reed roosters, feared by their colleagues and most conductors.” Flutists are different. They are the best adjusted citizens of a symphony orchestra – no reed troubles, no mouthpiece troubles. Clarinetists, however, are “the classic cry-babies of the orchestra,” and constantly think they are being persecuted. Bassoonists – double-reed players, like oboists – are as sweet as the oboists are sour. Why, Dickson doesn’t know; but there it is.

Now I have to say this isn’t the way I’ve seen it. Oboists … well … we are a difficult bunch, to be sure. But so much about this paragraph is so wrong from all I’ve experienced. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what I really think (and know!) because 1) I might start getting hate mail and 2) it wouldn’t be professional.

Ah well.
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15. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

Critics have their purposes, and they’re supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.

-Duke Ellington
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15. October 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

Hmmm … mp3 breast implants? Ya think?

I read about it first at The Well Tempered Blog.

I don’t even want to think about this and what it means. Then again, it might be fun to think of some music to implant. Of course we have to start with I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
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