26. August 2007 · 3 comments · Categories: Ramble

So if you want to hear Russ DeLuna the new English hornist of San Francisco Symphony, emusic.com has a woodwind quintet CD that includes him. He plays mainly oboe on the CD, but it does include Reicha’s Andante Pour La Cor Anglais #1. I just downloaded the CD.

In addition I downloaded Christopher Redgate playing Pasculli. I’m not a huge Pasculli fan, but I’ve not heard Redgate before so there you go. (To me, Pasculli is all about showing off and not about music. Maybe this is just my problem … anyone else?)

(And no, I’m not going to give a BlogReview of these CDs. If you want to know what I think you can ask me privately. I’m not a reviewer. Just an oboe player.)

26. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Listen, Videos

I’m sure I should know this work. So someone fill me in, please. (Sounds like Pasculli.) And can anyone identify the player?

26. August 2007 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’m exhausted. Cooper and I had a great time. Or I suppose I should just speak for myself; I had a great time! And I learned a lot.

Now to process it all. And attempt to remember it.

But today I’m going to rest. Learning is tiring work. :-)

Cooper, Namju and I went to my church this morning, and then we said our goodbyes. I’m going to miss them. (Cooper and Namju, please know our guest room is here for you. Really.)

I feel as if I have this new world to explore when it comes to reeds. I’m looking forward to the adventure, but I’m also worried. Forever the fear of failure. (Yeah, always the optimist!)

26. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble, Reed Blogs

Cooper knows reeds. Cooper really knows reeds.

And he taught me more in the hours we spent yesterday (feels like today, but that’s because insomnia has hit again and it’s 1:20 AM) than the lifetime I’ve spent on reeds already.

Cooper and Namju (his wife) arrived around 3:30 today. We set in almost immediately on reeds and all things oboe and English horn. Unfortunately duets didn’t happen; the reeds were simply calling and what can you do but answer? I showed Cooper (somewhat reluctantly, as I know how poorly I make reeds) a couple of my recent attempts. One wasn’t able to be saved (due to gouge, according to Cooper) but the other … well … I have a reed now!

Actually, I have reeds. Both oboe and English horn. And I like them. Very much.

Turns out that while I thought I had carved far too much on my reeds, I simply hadn’t gone far enough. Who’da thunk it?

Cooper is a maniac with the knife. He truly can make a reed in under 30 minutes. I was astounded to watch him work. (Humbled too, but that wasn’t any surprise.)

He’s also a great teacher, and I see a future in education for the man.

Oh. And he’s nice. And incredibly generous.

Speaking of generous … Dan and Namju put up with our entire afternoon and evening of reeds. And Dan cooked a wonderful meal for us too.

I think we are both blessed with great spouses. (Or should the plural of spouse be spice?)

Okay. Enough for now. I’m tired. I SO want to sleep. I’m going to give it another go.

26. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

I shouldn’t obey my reeds. My reeds should obey me.

-Cooper Wright

(How funny … I first typed “oboe” for “obey”! Go figure.)