28. March 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Videos

Oboe Movie – A Day in the Life. (A typo—Elivis?!—and an oboe with missing keys … but cute!)

And now off to work on reeds, and to practice the Ravel for next week (English horn: Ravel’s Piano Concerto).
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28. March 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Other People's Words

  • For example, the music John Williams wrote for E.T. is like a symphony. It’s complex and it’s not that easy to play. (Ahhh. So that’s what makes a symphony!)

    and from the same article:

  • Classical music used to be written to accompany plays on the stage or as background music for another activity, but we became purists and forgot that the music in the past was meant to accompany something else. Film is the modern theater. (Well sure, classical music was sometimes used for those purposes … but is the speaker implying it always was?)
  • I lost my bocal today. Without my bocal, I cannot play my English horn. When I cannot play my English horn, I am NOTHING!!!
  • There was the day when I stayed after to help Kitty with her English Horn thingy. (… um … thingy?!
  • Why do they always have the synthesizer and oboe? Why is oboe the only real instrument used? Sometimes they have strings, but in the except that we saw on friday, I only heard synth strings and oboe. It’s true that oboe has a cheesy sound to it, but that’s only when it’s used for stuff like this. In orchestral music, it adds a nice and unique colour. ……..ok, that was the music comment from the music major.
  • I was inspired by the movie Amadeus. I realized that I liked to rock out to classical music and that I needed to show that. and Classical music is really the same thing today as just centuries earlier. (Read more here.)
  • All of the wind solos were well played with each taking their turn and stepping aside for the next. The oboe and English horn duet was especially well done, as was the viola and cello solos. (Shame on the paper for not catching that error.)
  • Is there a national or international “Oboe (player) Day”? Or just a “Double Reeds Day”? (Well there should be. And no oboists should work on that day.)
  • So, I’m asking a strange thing from all of you. Bother me to practice my oboe. Make me do it. Ask me how it’s going, etc. I need to do this for my sanity. And it’ll be fun. Sort of. (I understand. I really do.)

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  • 28. March 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

    Terri Gross: What kept you going to high school and college, in spite of the success that you were having?

    Booker T.: Well, I had not yet met my own standards, I wasn’t yet writing the music I was hearing in my mind; I had a classical background and a curiosity for all of the European greats that had written so much wonderful classical music and I needed to know how to arrange for the orchestra. I needed to know how to conduct … I just had to continue my education in order to imrpove myself as a musician.

    T.G.: You know, having heard you play I never would have guessed that you were into classical music and I might not have known that you were as studious and serious sounding as you are.

    BT: … I spent many hours listening to the old masters: everything from Bach, to Stravinsky, to Chopin; learning that music and learning how it was put together — and studying.

    T.G.: You played a lot of different instruments when you were young … you played ukelele, oboe, saxophone, trombone, piano, organ, clarinet. Did having a working knowledge with all those instruments help you as a musician ….

    BT: Yeah, I think it did … starting with oboe, which is a C instrument. I played that when I was in fourth grade because I was too young to play in the band and they wouldn’t let me in but no one else would play the oboe so I took that up and that’s how I got in the band in fourth grade ….

    Heard here (Thanks, Pam, for telling me about this!) So oboe … Booker T. and oboe. Who’da thunk it?! :-) And he mentioned Silbelius. Cool.
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