14. January 2007 · Comments Off on I Was Going To Go · Categories: imported, Ramble

… but I totally forgot about the concert until just now. And I’m beat. Entirely fried, really. I haven’t even got a good excuse, but there you go. I did check to see if I could still get artopolis prices, and I can’t, so that nixed the whole thing. With my income a bit on the low side these days, I have to be a bit more careful with money. And with tonight the last night off for a time, I also feel as if I have to be careful with my time.

Ah well. Someone will, I hope, fill me in on the oboist.

You can Meet Russ DeLuna, (or is it deLuna? this article suggests that. Mr. deLuna wrote to me with his great news, but I guess I’ve lost the email. Sigh.) the new English hornist of the San Francisco Symphony. He has yet to arrive in San Francisco, from what I understand, but he won the audition in the fall of 2006. A trombonist is doing the podcast … how bout that? Now you might think the trombonist was thinking an English horn was a brass instrument, but that’s just not so. 😉

The video podcast is taking me a while to load. Be patient if you have the same problem … it’ll eventually get there. I hope. (I’m still waiting!)

Meanwhile … go Seahawks. (Gotta go for that team. After all, Brandon lives there now.)

Now off to church ….

The video podcast loaded and I really enjoyed it. The Seahawks lost. Such is life. And church was great.

News you can use. 😉

14. January 2007 · Comments Off on Low Thoughts · Categories: imported, Ramble

More difficult case are the low notes of oboe and bassoon. Not many players can play them ppp as marked. Second oboists are afraid among other things of Dvorak cello concerto second movement. It can be played by the way by English Horn.

Quote found here.

I noticed that my copy (from the Orchestral Musician’s CD-ROM Library) of Dvorak’s 7th has pencilled in markings for the beginning of the second movement. I’m fairly sure it’s so the second oboist could play the part on EH. I’ve always thought of this as cheating … but these days I’d cheat if the conductor would allow it!

Dvorak composed with this instrument [“Vienna oboe”] in mind, and in Vienna Brahms and Bruckner composed their late symphonies with this oboe player in mind. So you can understand that the composers were influenced by this instrument. For example, the 2nd oboe has to play low notes so soft in Dvorak and playing low notes softly is easier on the Vienna oboe than on the French oboe.

Quote found here.

Quick! Hand me a Vienna oboe. Of course I’ll be playing a 445 … but do you care? Of course not! What’s intonation anyway? 😉