26. September 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Links

So Jill, over at Prairie Oboe Companion has this wonderful entry. You gotta see it. Really.
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26. September 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

It might work with one orchestra, and the next orchestra — the oboe player might not get it. It’s different every time, but some of the orchestras do end up enjoying it and having a great time.

-Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame, read here)

I usually get a kick out of playing for these groups. Maybe they’ll come here? I will “get it”. I promise!
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“…experts who have examined the music tell us that while it is tonal, it is quite sophisticated and to be numbered among his best works.”

If I’m reading this correctly, the writer is suggesting that music that is tonal is usually not sophisticated?

Just thinkin’.

And what is sophistication in music? I guess I’ll have to read up on this. (I’m rather unsophisticated. I do know that!)

According to this music helps Paul McCartney cope. Not surprising. It does for a lot of folks. I do wonder what his “classical” music is like. And what makes music “classical” these days? Adding an oboe? Adding Latin text? Say what? I need a definition of “classical music” and I’m sure readers will help me out here.

I’ve often pondered what makes opera opera and musical theatre musical theatre. I was telling my son I found The Light In The Piazza somewhat operatic. His (opera singing) voice teacher scoffed at that. He said, “Do they use microphones?” “Yes.” “Then it’s not opera.” I’m guessing John Adams might disagree. As might some well known opera companies (although they wouldn’t disagree publicly!).

Again … just thinkin’.

That always does get me into trouble!