I was talking to a friend who was in the audience for tonight’s open dress rehearsal of opera. She said some people nearby were talking about the “copper and the woodwinds” in the orchestra. Too funny! To top it off one of them then said, “I used to play triangle.”

I sometimes wish they had microphones in the audience so we could hear them chat.

So our final dress is over. Opening night is Saturday. I thought tonight went quite well. Even if I also though my reeds were attempting to rebel a bit. (No surprise there. Silly reeds.)

(If you are still puzzling over the “copper and woodwinds” … that’s brass and woodwinds.)

07. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links

Oboists everywhere already knew this, but now it’s official. “Mr. Oboe” was the best-liked ad of the Super Bowl. See? :-)

Because of the alerts I receive, I was sent a link to something that included this:

Opus 36 is a suite for full orchestra. It has been played by the Boston Symphony, and consists of a brilliant Allegro; an Adagio of deep sincerity and beautifully varied color, a period wherein the brass choir, heavily scored, chants alone, and the division of the theme among the wood-wind over the rushing strings is especially effective; a very whimsical Andante with frequent changes of tempo, and 234 soli for the English horn in antiphony with the first oboe; and a madcap Presto that whisks itself out in the first violins.

So … anyone heard of Arthur Foote? This was a first for me. But then I’m not exactly full of knowledge.

Anyway … I couldn’t figure out what the “234 soli” meant. Then I realized … it’s the page number! Someone has copied text from here, but hadn’t taken out the page numbers. I’m not sure what the blogspot blogger is doing … maybe just copying chapter by chapter? Odd.

But anyway, now I want to find a recording of the suite, but iTunes and emusic.com don’t have it.

Anyone?

And Then …

Of course I had to read more of the book, because I should be practicing.

This caught my attention:

This is not the place to take up cudgels for a contest on the problem of woman’s right to respect in the creative arts. There are some, it is true, who deny fervently that the feminine half of mankind ever has or can or ever will do original and important work there. if you press them too hard they will take refuge up this tree, that all women who ever had had success have been actually mannish of mind, —a dodge in question-begging that is one of the most ingenious ever devised; a piece of masculine logic that puts to shame all historic examples of womanly fallacy and sophistry. It seems to me that the question is easily settled on this wise: it is impossible for a rational mind to deny that the best work done in the arts by women is of better quality then the average work done by men. This lets the cat’s head out of the bag, and her whole body follows pell-mell.

-Rupert Hughes American Composers – A Study of the Music of This Country and of Its Future with Biographies of the Leading Composers of the Present Time

Get anyone’s attention? ;-)

Heh … so our best work is better than a man’s average work. Whew!

Anyway, it appears that the book is still under copyright or something, as what is at google books isn’t complete.

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More dogs on classical music. Now of course some folks could scoff and say “my” music is just for the dogs.

“Obviously kennels are not the best place for the dogs, but the music seems to have an effect so we’re trying to make the training as good as possible.”

Well yeah, the stage isn’t the best place for humans either, but the classical music seems to help. Sometimes. ;-)

What I want to know (seriously) is how the dogs react to different composers. I just can’t believe it’s the same no matter what they play.

07. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Announcements

St. Matthew

February 06, 2008

Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will return to St. Matthew’s Church at 8 p.m., Friday, February 15, for a program of music by Mozart, Brahms and John Harbison in the sanctuary, 1031 Bienveneda.

This year’s concert will again feature violinist Mitchell Newman and cellist Daniel Rothmuller, who will be joined by the Philharmonic’s new principal oboe Ariana Ghez. The program will include Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, the Sextet in B-flat Major by Brahms and “Snow Country” for solo oboe and strings by John Harbison.

Ariana Ghez, the newcomer to the Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble’s annual visit to St. Matthew’s, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2006/07 season. She has performed as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, she was principal oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera.

Other members of the Philharmonic who will appear on the February 15 program are Johnny Lee, violin; Dana Hansen and Ingrid Hutman, viola; Jason Lippmann, cello, and Christopher Hanulik, bass.

Tickets are $25 at the door (no advance ticket sales or reservations). For information call 310-573-7422 or visit the Music Guild’s Web site: www.stmatthews.com/musicguild.

07. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Links

A new opera. About postpartum depression.

I guess I like that better than one about menopause or pms. But I can’t say I’m drawn to it.

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Woodwinds – Originally made of wood but now other materials have also been used. On reed instruments like the saxophone and the clarinet, a thin material is placed on the mouthpiece so that when the player blows into it the air is forced to go to a reed and sets it to vibrate. In double-reed instruments such as bassoons and oboes, the material placed on the opening of the mouthpiece is thicker. In woodwinds such as flutes, the player blows air into the edge of a mouthpiece thus creating sound.

Read here.

So many musicians live in their cars … why not turn them into instruments, eh?

This is mighty fine! (Seen first via this site. Credit where credit is due!)