31. May 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

31. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

Sure, the flutist, Paula Robison, is the focus, but Matthew Dine sounds lovely:

The work is originally for voice, not flute. Here’s Natalie Dessay:

Found online:

Cool Beethoven Facts

* According to Psychology Today Beethoven’s was the highest IQ of any known person in history

* Beethoven suffered hearing loss – modern medicine could have easily cured it

* Students who study a band orchestra instrument in high school have an extraordinary high rate of college success

Hmmm …

1) I can’t find a source for the high IQ. I found one source that states his IQ may have fallen between 125 and 155, and another that says it was 165. But I couldn’t find a source saying it was the highest ever. Maybe my IQ is too low and I’m unable to locate that information because of that?

2) I suffer hearing loss. Modern medicine can’t cure it. Rats. Maybe this is because of my lower IQ?

3) I’m still trying to figure out what a “band orchestra” is. Must be my stupid low IQ.

;-)

The same website talks about the recently discovered Beethoven Oboe Concerto snippet and says that it

“includes an unusually high (and difficult) oboe note; in fact it would have been nearly impossible for oboists in Beethoven’s day to accomplish.”

What note would that be? Mozart wrote a high F, so I’m assuming the Beethoven must go higher. Do tell!

31. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

audioBoo: QI H-boo 10 boo.fm/b132675

(This is from @StephenFry … can you guess the word?)

Read Online:

Yes, I unexpectedly bought a new oboe last week! It was time for a new one since I had had my old oboe for 12 years now and, as all good oboists know, they blow out in about 10-15 years.

My oboes are much older. I love them. I think I sound good on them. But I guess I’m not a good oboist. Sigh.

31. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Job Opening

Skidmore has an oboe opening.

31. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: News

So now they are saying that lead poisoning isn’t the cause of Beethoven’s misery after all.

“Beethoven didn’t have long-term high lead exposure,” Dr. Todd said, “so I think we can stop looking at lead as being a major factor in his life.”

RTWT

Musician John Woods-Wahl says robots aren’t replacing humans, but that he thinks of them as instruments that can make sounds humans can’t. Tyler Yamin has been working on a robot to play in a Gamelan, an Indonesian musical ensemble that includes gongs, flutes and metal drums.

“Normally, one person would play two or three pots at a time with two sticks,” he says. “But instead of having a robot with two arms, I’m going to have a robot with seven arms.”

Well fine. But when will someone find a reed-making robot? Huh?

Read more here. Or just listen.

30. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

James E. Moore Jr.: An Irish Blessing
Grex Vocalis

30. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach
Monteverdi Choir Würzburg; Matthias Beckert, Conductor