What would you recommend to a younger, or new classical music listener?

Alex Ross: First, go to a live concert. Recordings capture only a fraction of what makes classical music compelling—the social experience of listening with a crowd in real time, the physical and psychological effect of hearing natural sound reverberate in a room.

I was talking to a young student of mine today. She couldn’t remember going to a concert. She thought perhaps she had “when she was a lot younger”. (She’s young now!) I always love it when a young student talks about “when I was a lot younger.” Makes me smile.

But anyway … please, please, please … if you are studying an orchestral instrument, go to an orchestra concert. K? You just might enjoy it!

29. January 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links

… as well as other composers. Read all about it.

The video headline is “Muzak tames the savage beast” … hmmm … something to howl about?

I can tell you I bark less and snooze more. And I listen to classical music. So it must be true.

Oh. But I’m no dog.

Right?

Now of course someone who wanted to argue the “other side” might say, “See? That’s why I find classical music boring! It puts me to sleep too!”

Hmmm.

29. January 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

The French horn must be really hard to play, because it sure sounds like it.

-Wayne Bergeron, trumpet player

(found here)