20. October 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Tosca.This got me to check out YouTube for other Tosca clips. Below is one that was, from what it says, done in real locations. Hmmm. Gonna have to read up on this, I guess. (And there are more from the same production if you’re interested.)

I say … let there be oboe reeds! Oboe reeds for all who need them! Oboe reeds for those who even don’t think they need them.

Now wouldn’t that make the world a better place? There’d be happy faces all around. I’m sure of it. No more frustration. No more tears.

Yeah, I was looking at reeds today. Sigh. I looked and looked. And still they stayed the same.

Okay, I should really work on them too, eh? But I’m actually waiting to get my oboe back. I’m afraid if I work too much on these beasts I’ll get my main oboe back and find that the reeds aren’t quite right for it. So we’ll see, after tomorrow morning, what the reeds say when they meet my repaired instrument. I’m really looking forward to getting it back!

20. October 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Opera, Other People's Words, Videos, Watch

You probably haven’t been to the opera much recently, and I don’t blame you — the works of Wagner and Mozart just don’t seem to have enough in the way of blinking satellite transmissions, stern spaceship commanders, and crashed UFOs. A group of performance artists from Pittsburgh, however, is out to change that. They call themselves the Squonk Opera, and they’ve toured across the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Belgium; this weekend, they brought their new show “Astro-rama” back to their hometown. Here’s our gallery of their funky, jazzy, psychadelic, extraterrestrial romp.

I read it here.

Hmmm. Squonk Opera. Sounds like they use oboes, doesn’t it? Alas, I don’t hear any oboe squawks at all. Sounds more like rock opera to these ears. (Kind of Cirque du Soleil style, I suppose.)

In this next video, you see a flute, but you sure don’t hear it. Um. Okay then.

20. October 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: BQOD

(I like and appreciate classical music but can’t stand, nor understand, a lonesome violin screeching away for 55 minutes).