30. August 2007 · Comments Off on Weird · Categories: Ramble

Bizarre article.

I hope that if we ever sell this place and buy another we don’t get a lovely little article about it at some site, with an arrow pointing directly at our new place. (I’m guessing this is some sort of realtor site?)

Nothing is private anymore though. Right?

I especially wouldn’t want my photo there. But that’s just about me and photos. Of me, that is.

30. August 2007 · Comments Off on Sigh … and Grumble · Categories: pattyRant

After yesterday I was hoping today would be a great deal clearer when it came to our parts. I always carry sticky notes with me to rehearsals and concerts; they are great to quickly attach to pages with problems. Yesterday, when we had completed the OSJ rehearsal of Lucia di Lammermoor there were a number of sticky notes, pointing out where I needed clarification about articulation.

Today my part was put on the stand somewhat close to rehearsal time. “Great,” I thought, “it’s been fixed!”

But not all of it.

I guess whoever was marking the part thought by simply writing “yes” on the sticky notes I would know what to slur. And at one point, where I have a whole note A repeated measure after measure he wrote, “Tie”.

Sure. Okay. But for how long? Do I articulate at all? And where do the slurs begin and end (as I clearly asked on the front of the book)?

As for everyone else’s books? It appeared they hadn’t even been touched. I guess mine only got attention because of all my obnoxious sticky notes.

Sometimes I get pretty darn angry. But of course I hold it in for the most part. And I never name names.

But … to whoever decided to half-mark my part … what would you like? Shall I give the music half the effort as you did? :-(

Okay. Rant over.

For now.

30. August 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

So if Dan (my husband) ever writes a piece of music that includes oboe, at least I know he can demand I get to play the gig. Or at least Vaclav Havel feels that his play should include his wife as a lead.

I dunno. Does a composer, writer, or other kind of “creator” get to have a say in things once he or she has released a work to a director or conductor? I wonder.

Anyone out there have an opinion on this?

Anyone out there …?

30. August 2007 · Comments Off on Classical? · Categories: Ramble

If you watch and hear this do you thinking “classical music”?

I don’t.

And yet the title says “Classical Music and Home Improvement”.

But then you read further and it also says “On weekends, grand piano players perform between the escalators at the 2-year-old St. Paul Menards – not a typical feature at home improvement stores.”

Heh. Are there specific “grand piano players” and then mere “piano players”.

(I prefer pianist myself, but maybe some of you grand piano and piano and even keyboard players can tell me what’s best.)

30. August 2007 · Comments Off on Would I Wear the Veil? · Categories: Ramble

Would you?

I honestly don’t know the answer to this. But then I can’t imagine Iran would allow a US orchestra to play so i doubt I’ll have to face this problem.

30. August 2007 · Comments Off on “a trial … poised to rival any Hollywood thriller.” · Categories: Links

First a conductor sues some players, and now a Seattle Symphony Orchestra violinist sues his employer.

The fun never ends in this business. I do, however, doubt the subject header to this post is true.

30. August 2007 · 5 comments · Categories: Ramble

We oboists worry about reeds. A lot. But I had never thought about guitarists, and the problem with fingernails. Sure, I know strings can break. But nails? Just hadn’t ever entered my mind.

I wonder if people with weak nails that have permanent splits running down them simply can’t play guitar. (Yeah, I’m talking about me.) Or I guess we’d have to do fake nails. I don’t do nails. Period. I’m lazy that way.

Anyway, just a little tidbit about a different instrument.

I do love guitar, and particularly (no surprise here) Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, which I’ve played it at least three times. Yeah, playing the wonderful English horn part. Great stuff!