06. August 2007 · Comments Off on Cool! · Categories: Ramble

Someone from Cool, California visited. I have no idea where Cool is, but I’m certainly going to go find out now. :-)

In Other News …
I just received my part for a new work I’ll be recording in September. Yikes! It begins with various instruments coming in and out of the picture on what is my low F. The flute begins, followed by violin, clarinet, percussion, violin 2, horn, viola, cello, oboe … well, as you can see, lots of instruments coming in every two beats or so. On F. Marked ppp. I have a feeling I’ll use forked F (the Marigaux forked F is quite lovely) and I may end up muting the oboe as well. We’ll see. For me I go from that low F (7 score pages worth) to a high E. The things move a bit more. There isn’t a huge amount that is too difficult, but I will have to work out some fingerings (my part goes to a high G) and I will also have to practice the parts that were marked 8va rather than put up in the correct place. I don’t know if anyone else struggles with this, but putting something up an octave when it means more than just adding an octave key just throws me. I’m guessing I’m just an idiot.)

Well, okay, I’m not guessing. I know! ;-)

While the work doesn’t look terribly difficult, I’m sure it will be; anytime a recording is added to the mix things become difficult. No one wants to be the one who makes us have to do things over again.

Recording is so much more stressful than anything else. San Jose Symphony (RIP) used to be broadcast live. That was so much less stressful than a recording. A live broadcast is one moment in time. A recording is forever!

06. August 2007 · Comments Off on Well, Okay … · Categories: Other People's Words, Quotes, Ramble

Lebrecht professes his motives are pure: “I am driven by a strong sense of justice; I also have a belief in the good that art can do, so I want it protected from exploitation by charlatans.” He concedes he can be harsh and receives significant hate mail. But there’s only been one death threat: “In Israel, where someone threatened to kill me for something I’d said about Mahler.”

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So … do you think his motives are truly pure? I’ve not read enough of him to say. I just remember when he dissed Mozart.

06. August 2007 · Comments Off on You tell me … please?! · Categories: Ramble

Read this:

There was quite a bit of excitement in the lobby of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday evening, as two celebrities – Neeme Jarvi and Derek Jeter – were on hand at the same time. Mr. Jeter was making a personal appearance, while Mr. Jarvi was entering the Rose Theater to hear his son Paavo conduct at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

Now explain. Jeter was making a personal appearance. Jarvi was what … making an impersonal one? Or is the writer saying Jeter showed his face but wasn’t attending the concert? I’m feeling stupid because I just don’t quite get this, and I’m sure it’s my problem; I can be slow this way.

And I think that weird A with two dashes is supposed to be an — (emdash) … right? It looks the same way in both Safari and Firefox. I suppose it works in IE? (Yeah, I’m nit picking. What better thing have I to do? Practice? Make reeds? Pshaw!)

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06. August 2007 · Comments Off on The Rest ‘O The World · Categories: Ramble

Earlier I wrote about who was reading in the US. Today’s list is from the rest of this very large and dusty planet. I get pretty darn excited seeing all these countries. Now of course I realize some might have landed here by mistake, but still, this is a very fun list!

Thanks to all who are visiting from:
Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cote D’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore (sorry Nat! I didn’t mean to omit you!), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Venezuela.

Am I missing any countries? Do tell!

Do feel free to become a member. Introduce yourselves! Fill me in on your “oboing”, should you be an oboist. Or anything else. I’d love to hear from you!

06. August 2007 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

She sent the Daily Echo a video of herself performing the opera classic Time to Say Goodbye, made famous by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

Gee … what an opera classic, eh?

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06. August 2007 · Comments Off on Comparisons · Categories: Listen, Ramble

I just received an email about a new “challenger for myspace” so I went to check out this new place. It is all about music, although not much “classical” is there. But still, there was a bit, so I clicked on “listen” for a couple of composers. The first thing I heard was a movement of a clarinet concerto. Sigh. It wasn’t a real orchestra, and while the work might be okay (not great, but okay) I couldn’t bear to listen to it. The oboe sounded laughable. The second track I heard was a cello concerto. The work wasn’t bad. AND I heard a real orchestra! I could hear breathing. I could hear key clicks. I heard the fabulous scraping of the bow. (I probably shouldn’t put it that way. String players …?) I even heard a cough or two. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to hear this.

The music felt very much alive. The clarinet work, played “by “Finale” music scoring software through a “Garritan Personal Orchestra” soft synth” left me cold.

As it should be.

Would others hear a difference? I wonder. So while I don’t want to be promoting this new company, go check out Broadjam’s Classical Page and tell me what YOU think.