06. January 2010 · Comments Off on Best Left Unsaid (or unwritten) · Categories: Ramble, Symphony

I just read a blog where the writer, an “keyboardist/associate conductor of the national tour (plus Tokyo)” of a show, wrote all about the English horn player messing up at a show. It was rather harsh. I was pretty amazed that someone would do that, and I hope, since I commented there, he’ll realize that anyone could read what he wrote, including that English horn player. Maybe he’ll remove the entry. Maybe he doesn’t care enough to bother. I dunno. But it seems entirely unkind to do such a thing. And no, I’m not going to put a link here. Although a part of me really wants to. (Who knows, maybe the English horn player even visits this blog … you never know!)

I know I am not completely blameless on this blog. I try very hard not to put anyone down (other than myself), but I do recall a conductor calling me on something I wrote once, and I took a blog entry down due to that. I really want this blog to be blameless, if you know what I mean.

In other news… we had our first rehearsals of 2010 for Symphony Silicon Valley. My mouth is tired! The works all have a good amount of notes for me, and I can tell I need to get some reed work done. I’m hopeful that that can happen before my four students tomorrow (followed by another symphony rehearsal). We’ll see. One of the works on the program is a world premiere, Gordon Lee’s “Young Impressions of the Old City”, and includes three Chinese instruments: pipa, erhu and sheng. I’m fascinated by these instruments, and I am enjoying learning a new work. Scheherazade is on this program, as I blogged earlier. I take back what I wrote, as I’m really enjoying the piece. Go figure! I think I enjoy what conductor Paul Polivnick does with it. And then there’s the Rossini overture to La Gazza Ladra. Whoa … what an incredibly fast tempo!

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