17. June 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.

-Igor Stravinsky, From a New York Times Magazine interview, September 27, 1964.

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on More Stravinsky (this time with Bernstein) · Categories: Birthdays!, Videos

17. June 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Fun, Videos

I don’t know how many of you have experienced the First Clapper, but sometimes it can be pretty darn annoying! It’s especially distracting when we are playing a piece that ends with near silence, and the clapper, in order to let everyone know that he knows it’s done, jumps in just a smidge sooner than anyone else would prefer. But still … do we rely on them? What if we didn’t have them? Hmmm?

Many thanks to The Omniscient Mussel for bringing this to my attention!

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

Working with Martha [Argerich] is like life itself. It’s not easy — it can be quite unpredictable and very irritating. But it is the most wonderful thing there is. She is unbelievably gifted — in an almost depressing way.

-Mischa Maisky

RTWT

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The music from the movie “Little Women” really makes me want to pick up an english horn again…and perhaps sob all afternoon

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky! · Categories: Birthdays!, San Francisco Symphony

Google is acknowledging it too! 🙂

(The first time I heard this live was at Flint, eons ago, when San Francisco Symphony performed it. Marc Lifschey was on oboe. When he came in with the oboe solo toward the end it was the most incredible sound I had ever heard. What an oboe player that man was! If you never heard him you really missed something incredibly special.)

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on You Just Gotta Watch It! (And Listen) · Categories: Oboe, Videos

(Thanks, Janet Lanier, for telling me about this!)

Update

Just located the article that goes with the video. Check it out!

Hassan Anderson will be attending Julliard this coming year, as a grad student. He talks about the reed, and also about his mother and how she sold a car to get his first oboe. Great story.

17. June 2009 · Comments Off on A Ten Year Old Speaks About Practice · Categories: Links, Other People's Words

OK, let’s get this out of the way. I’m ten years old and only ten. But I actually have something to say. It’s about practicing something. I practice classical violin every day for an hour. (Or at least I try.)

I’ve been playing since I was four and a half and have always liked the violin, so I play it. Nearly six years later, I’m still playing the violin and I still love it. This is my biggest problem: My very grumpy reluctance to practice.

Oh dothe rest at Classical Life by Tim Mangan!