27. May 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

I’m so glad Opera Chic just posted this. I haven’t the time to watch it right now (Hey, that sounded somewhat British, didn’t it — “Haven’t the time”? That happens when I hear Stephen Fry talk. Simply unavoidable. Sort of like the spot of tea I’m about to have. Okay … maybe it only sounds British because I’m typing it with a British accent. Sorry!)

Anyway, here’s the first video, and you can bet I’ll be watching and listening to the whole thing later!

27. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I think someone was playing the oboe in my office’s parking garage.

27. May 2010 · Comments Off on Sauteed Bull · Categories: Listen

Piano Puzzler:


Okay … I kind of had to stretch it for the subject header. But Satie/Sauté … close, no?

27. May 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

I wonder if Santa even knows what an oboe is!

26. May 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: News

The glue of the operation may very well be Janice Martin. She prefers to play her violin from about 20 feet. in the air.

“I used to be afraid of heights,” Martin admits. “Tall buildings still make me crazy.”

The musician/slash aerialist will be on double duty as a soloist and a performer. “I was fascinated by combining movement with playing the violin,” Martin says. “I felt compelled to get up in the air.”

Martin brings dance training, sky diving and scuba diving to the aerial table as well. “All of those experiences opened my eyes to the third dimension.” And if you are not yet impressed with Martin, there’s more. She plays the guitar, trumpet and piano and can sing. (Although don’t expect her to play the piano from the air.)

Although Martin is trained in many forms of aerial work, the silks are her favorite. “It requires upper body and abdominal strength, flexibility, balance, grace and timing,” the Juilliard-trained musician says. “I love the beauty of fabric flowing in the air.”

I read about it here

26. May 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

My son is 25 months old. He is not a big fan of rock, jazz, blues, children’s music. But he really likes classical. Recently he’s begun humming parts of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies. He also likes Chopin’s Waltz No. 1 and another favorite of his is Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, by Liszt.
I’m not sure if this is normal or not, but I think it’s great.
My question is what next? What is the best way to take is affinity to classical music to the next step. Please remember that he’s only 25 months old, and that he doesn’t have the coordination to learn an instrument yet. He does have access to a snare drum, a 3/4 size acoustic guitar and an upright piano, but those are just toys. I would like to take him to a symphony but there are two problems. First most programs happen in the evening around his bedtime. Second, I’m pretty sure that he would start singing really loudly during the program, which, although he doesn’t know it, is very very rude.
How do we progress?


26. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The oboe is so lonely yet so beautiful. *sniff* … Unless this a flute or a melody passed around the woodwind section.

25. May 2010 · Comments Off on My Snap Judgments Aren’t Always Correct · Categories: Links

But then, last night, the miraculous occurred. Jennifer Koh took the stage with Maestro Stern and the symphony complete with an interesting assortment of percussion filed in. The piece began.

So many bits of beauty filled in the empty holes I had gotten used to. The rests were no longer lonely acres of prime compositional real estate, they were landscapes of rolling triplets, cascades of thirty second notes, flute trills and the most agonizingly georgous English Horn duet with violin. It started making sense.

I’m glad I stuck it out. I’m glad I challenged myself and made it to the finish line.

You can read the whole thing and see what I’m talkin’ about.

I often make snap judgments. I often later have to eat my words. This is why I try not to say much about a work until I’ve lived with it for a time. Sometimes something I thought was the best music ever doesn’t wear well. Frequently it works just the opposite, of course. I prefer it the latter … I love being proved wrong in that way!

25. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

my favorite instrument is the oboe because of the way it looks the way it sounds and the way its played.

Thanks to Randy for alerting me to this NPR segment of music by composers who immigrated to America after he read my blog entry:

#4 and #6 are Stravinsky’s version of the Star Spangled Banner. The first (#4) is the orchestral arrangement, the second (#6) the choral. Randy suggests that the version on the video I posted isn’t what we hear here. Anyone? Since the video is men singing, and since I’m horrible at hearing things clearly when orchestration is different, I’ll let you decide.