Opera. In a cave. Really.

That must be a huge cave! I just hope the poor musicians don’t freeze … I seem to recall being quite cold in the caves I’ve been in. Seems like it would be perfect for water in keys.

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St. Michael’s Cave

11. October 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

I’ve heard people laugh during an opera performance right when a most tragic event is happening on stage. Since I’m under the apron, I can’t see why they are laughing, but sometimes I can guess. (When Romeo and Juliet take eons to die and sing through it all, it does get a bit ridiculous.) Mostly I appreciate people holding back. But I guess some just can’t help but let out a snicker … or even a guffaw.

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11. October 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

An oboe. For $200.

Must be because it’s used, eh?

(For those of you not in the know, NO oboe anywhere should ever cost that little!)

11. October 2007 · 1 comment · Categories: Quotes

H: I never can understand when people tell me they don’t know how to write music. It’s much easier than writing a letter as far as I’m concerned. And I don’t see any difficulty. If you love music, you can write it. If you can read it, you can write it.

DRD: Virgil Thomson says that composing should be like writing a letter.

H: Yeah, well, it is, but I enjoy composing more.

-Alan Hovhaness in a conversation Dennis Russell Davies Charles Amirkhanianand (RTWT)