I just ran across a very bizarre YouTube video. It has oboe in the piece, so that’s why I was alerted to it. It is supposed to be someone’s original composition, but whoever wrote it clearly knows the Marcello oboe concerto and it’s really a sort of reworking of the slow movement.
So you wonder why I can’t put it up here so you can all puzzle over it with me? You DO wonder … right?
It’s apparently in memory of dogs being hit by cars because the video is of dogs being killed on freeways. Really.
I don’t even know what to say about this other than this: bizarre.
I’m not going to be able to keep these up, I fear — it’s difficult to find anything I’m willing to post here! If any readers find anything please do let me know. Oboe, d’amore, or English horn — all qualify for this “Oboe Outside My Little World” spot). So do oboe-like instruments … shawm, suona … you name it, I’ll put it here if the video is decent enough.
Kate St. John plays oboe and English horn. And she sings. She was in the band “Dream Academy” … I posted a video of them back in July.
We’ll see that at the first show. I don’t know about other countries, but in Moscow, no one has ever done anything of this kind. 3D technology is known to everyone thanks to cinemas, but we decided to apply it to [highbrow] art.”
The soul and emotion of [classical music] is so powerful that to like it is so easy – it’s just people think you need to be educated. I thought that myself for a long time, until I had listened to so many kinds of music, that one day I just tried it. But it’s not about learning…It’s about learning that it’s just there.
Remember when I wrote about the conductor who walked out right before a concert? She’s now been fired. But of course she said she wasn’t coming back if one player wasn’t gone, so I suppose she really quit since he wasn’t removed.
(I went to the orchestra site. It’s rather strange. I couldn’t even find an orchestra roster.)
I received an advance copy of the CD*. I have to tell you this is one mighty wonderful disk. Scholl is just incredible. What a beautiful, pure sound he has. So incredibly musical. I was pretty darn mesmerized. And the orchestra sounds wonderful as well. Really.
I’d love to pick a favorite number, but I think that would be ridiculous. Like picking a favorite child, you know? So I guess I won’t go there.
My birthday is in November. I’m going to call this CD my birthday present. It is music to feed me for a very long time. :-)
What Power art thou
(the cold song)
What power art thou, who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow
See’st thou not (how stiff) and wondrous old
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I (can scarcely move or draw my breath)
Let me, let me freeze again to death.