14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

The drama was underscored even more tellingly by the superb orchestral playing under conductor David Rohrbaugh. There were some glitches in ensemble as the performance went on, and Rohrbaugh occasionally needs to crack the whip a little more vigorously to keep his singers in line, but the depth of work from the pit – from the ominous Act 1 Prelude to the vivid nocturnal storm in Act 3 – was never less than remarkable.

RTWT

For the most part, this is pretty good, eh? (Tuesday wasn’t our best performance, though. I only wish he had come to our earlier performance!)

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This person managed to get her music from the pit today. Thanks Beth!

(If you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about, check out Some People.)

I’ve even had time to practice. The music isn’t fantastically difficult, but one work requires a lot of pitch bending, and counting is a challenge in some places. Sometimes, when I’m pitch bending over a couple of beats, I manage to kind of lose time. I’m sure it’s just me …. In addition, I have to go from n.v. to vibrato or vice versa and sometimes that can throw me. Again, I’m guessing it’s just my problem! (Funny: If I do nv to v on my own I’m fine. It’s when it’s someone else’s request that throws me off. Go figure.)

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

So violinist David Garrett was leaving a hall during intermission, he slipped on some stairs and, landing on his back, fell on his violin case. The violin was damaged in a major way. (You can listen to his story here.)

Painful in so many ways. What a horror!

But what I want to know is … what the heck kind of case was he using that apparently didn’t protect the valuable instrument at all? Are all violin cases that fragile? Or was it just the crashing to the ground, not the crashing on to the case that did the damage? (I’m guessing an oboe in it’s case wouldn’t fare well either, but not because of the owner landing on the case so much as the slamming to the ground.)

Read here. (And if you go here you’ll see an awful lot of blog links as well.)

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Jessica Duchen has an entry worth reading.

The guy went to Julliard. I’d never heard of him before. Anyone out there know of this guy? (Looks like he should be auditioning for American Idol or something. Quite the looker.)

Quote: “The most important thing is to have your own sound, your individual style.” Hmmm. Not if it’s bad sound and style. (Not saying this is about him; I’ve not heard him play, aside from the little clips.)

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, News

I have often told my students that our instrument begins … and then I point into the mouth. It’s not just the oboe. It’s not just the reed. It’s us, too. And now I read this:

Professional saxophonists can play very high notes that amateurs simply can’t reach. A new study has now revealed how they do it – they tune their own vocal tracts to help the instrument play well above its normal range.

The article ends with this:

Although the effect was shown in the saxophone, similar effects are likely to be important in other single and double reed instruments, whose players also report the importance of the tract for special effects, including high register playing. The study appears in the journal Science.

Gee, maybe I know what I’m taking about? :-)

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

“When I color my hair with L’Oreal, there’s nothing I can’t do.”
-Heather Locklear

I am looking for her address. Does anyone have it? I’d like to put in an order for a few oboe reeds.

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

They are bringing it back! And, of course, updating it.

When a resident clicks a TV remote, for example, lights will dim, music will shut off and the shades will draw as the network realizes a movie is about to start.

… or, well, maybe it’s just that we are watching Survivor. You never know.

(No, I actually don’t watch Survivor. I do have my limits.)

The new home will be made of wood and steel and finished in muted browns and beiges, said Sheryl Palmer, president and chief executive of Taylor Morrison in North America.

So much for my navy blue living room!

In addition, the house is being designed with the double reed player in mind. Installed in one corner of the study is a reed making device. (Each owner chooses his or her instrument of choice (oboe or bassoon), and there is an attachment for the relatives of that instrument, to allow for other reeds—English horn or contra bassoon, for example.) Each morning, when the dwellers rise, they will find a bevy of reeds waiting for them.

Read about it here.

Oh. And yeah, perhaps I added just a bit to the article.

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

So … Delaware still hasn’t visited. Do they not like oboe. Or is it just me?

C’mon. It’s Valentine’s Day. Give me a visit. :-)

14. February 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Reviews

Some of Verdi’s greatest choral writing comes in this opera. The Opera San Jose chorus, especially the men, were especially effective, ranging from the sensitive to the robust.

So … any thoughts on this? Any chuckling? It’s about Rigoletto, if that helps.

If you want to know the problem, visit Mike. ;-)