31. August 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: News

A robotic trumpet by Toyota … ahhhh … no wonder they were having issues with their cars! They were busy with this guy.

It is pretty darn amazing. Not that I think robots will be replacing us any time soon (aside from playing TAPS in the military, I guess, eh?). But still …

RTWT

31. August 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

when it comes to music it’s impossible to a) play a sad song on a banjo b) play a happy song on an oboe c) not move when you listen to CHAKA KHAN!

31. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

Our first rehearsal is today. I’m anxious … and a bit nervous, as this is an entirely new opera to all of us (to most everyone, really, since it’s only been done a couple of times). There’s a lengthy article in the Merc. You might want to check it out!

Carlson was interested, though the work took time. In 2000, he visited St. Petersburg and heard a men’s chorus performing the Czar’s Hymn, used by Tchaikovsky in the 1812 Overture. Carlson employs it as a “fate motif” in “Anna.” He also heard the bells of Kazan Cathedral: “It’s next door to the train station where Anna was supposed to have killed herself,” he says, “and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m putting that in.’ I specified three tubular bells with the ends sawn off to create quarter tones to simulate the sounds of the cathedral.”

Carlson describes the opera as entirely tonal (though without key signatures) and “pretty” — while drawing on modern compositional techniques, including serialism. Some people can’t hear a melody anywhere in it, he jokes, while others find it so emotional and melodic that it’s “anachronistic.”

31. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I’m gonna have a little job soon.. teach oboe!! XD

30. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Together with the flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and contrabassoon, it covers the position of the bass and tenor instrument of the orchestra.

Maybe it’s just me, but the way I’m reading this it seems as if all the instruments are covering “the position of the bass and tenor instrument of the orchestra”. But I have been known to read this incorrectly, so there’s that ….

And if they are including English horn and contrabassoon, why aren’t they including piccolo and bass clarinet (and other clarinets, for that matter!).

I read it online. I’ll leave out a link; don’t want to be embarrassing anyone.

30. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

just discovered that the character Dr. Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy played oboe in high school! And Patrick Dempsey’s character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, played sax!

30. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: BQOD

Vivaldi, Bach, baroque music in general puts me in a very calm, but still alert place. And it’s truly classical, not just orchestral.

30. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Oboe, Videos

Francois Leleux plays Astor Piazzolla’s ”Oblivion”

30. August 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

I was a proud band geek too!!I played clarinet in the marching band, oboe and bassoon in concert band. Those were the best times

30. August 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Fun, Videos