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?)

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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.”


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