23. December 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

We have a little discussion about orchestras — and about what orchestral players tend to be like: “They say, ‘Loud or soft, short or long — that’s all we need to know.’”

Found at the end of a Marilyn Horne interview.

23. December 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas, Videos, Watch

In The Bleak Midwinter

Sometimes reading the “info” part of a video at YouTube cracks me up. Sometimes it’s just too darn cute (younger students). Sometimes merely puzzling.

“Me playing the oboe that needs to go in for adjustment, through a bad quality microphone!”

“I’ve been playing oboe for a little over a year now, so I dunno how great it sounds.”

“I love my oboe.”

“For the more advanced oboe reed destroyers, use your creativity!!” (There are a number of videos of people destroying oboe reeds. Go figure.)

“I messed up a few times, but I’ve only been playing the oboe for about 9 months.”

For those who have made their apologies for their playing: “Bravi tutti! You are well on your way to becoming a professional oboist.” ;-)

And then there are those who scare me. (I’d hate to see that reed go through the soft palette. Ouch!)

Finally, an oboist in the recording studio, playing an arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High”. I can’t say I love the arrangement, but she does a good job. I like seeing the camera focus on the hands, too!

23. December 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: BQOD

I can’t resist posting this because this sentence made me laugh:

Turns out this is not the first time Santa has had a problem with his pants.

Gotta patch those pants before going on stage, Santa! Good thing a violist was there to help out.

RTWT

23. December 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

At this time of year we cut the reeds at the top end of the river beyond the bridge, land ward access is by a muddy narrow path across the marshes. Its a bleak place with nothing but the birds, the water the wind and the huge bowl of the sky. We use a reed cutting machine which has huge wheels to stop it getting stuck. It rows up the reed in swaths ready for making into a fathom, thats a bundle 6ft round. Its hard work and the reeds are as sharp a razor blades. The reeds we cut today are called double reed because they are two years old.

Now I can at least say that not ONE of my reeds is two years old. Whew.