We had two symphony rehearsals yesterday. I was curious to see how my ear would “deal”. And here’s the outcome:

My left ear doesn’t care to deal at all with Prokofiev. My left ear likes Haydn. (I like both, but my left ear doesn’t care what I think.)

I think it has something to do with all that is going on in the Prokofiev; my ear seems to go on overload when there are a lot of different things taking place at once. Haydn is just easier for it to process. Truth be told, I was near tears at the end of the first half of the first rehearsal because 1) my ear was unhappy and 2) the darn piece’s last movement has a couple of killer hard licks. I think if I had only one of those things to deal with I’d be fine, but not hearing properly and having two killer hard passages (I know, I know, now some oboists are going to think I’m a lame player and probably think the darn thing is easy!) just hit me.

But being the adult that I am, I did not cry.

In addition, there is lots of yakking going on (and yes, I’m a culprit sometimes … sigh … even though I hate it). When men are doing the yakking (for some reason those voices bother me more) I can’t seem to hear anything clearly. (Besides, some of these guys don’t know how to whisper!) Again, it’s as if the ear has too much information and so it’s unable to sort anything out.

But …
Today I see the otologist. No matter what she says, at least I should get something out of the visit, right? At least I’m hoping. One of my friends suggested I take my oboe to the appointment. I’m just not sure … anyone have opinions on that? I mean, will the doctor really care? Dunno!

Tonight we do the Prokofiev again. I sure hope I can relax and enjoy it. I like the piece. Just not right now. Fortunately Pam, my friend and colleague, and principal oboist of the orchestra, is, I think, honest enough to let me know if I’m doing okay.

I’m pleased that Haydn is easy on the ears, because I was just hired to play Cosi fan tutte with Merola at the end of July and beginning of August. That should work just fine. Whew! (I will have to get back to “that lick” I have in the work, though, so I know there’s no question that it’s in the fingers.) But yay for having that gig this summer! And my favorite Mozart opera, too.

Okay. Now back to my regularly scheduled latté. 🙂

1 Comment

  1. patti with an i

    take the oboe; if the doc isn’t interested get another one; tell the yakkers to put a sock in it; everybody thinks the prokofiev is hard; you’re doing just fine; see you tonight and at cosi!