11. March 2011 · 3 comments · Categories: Losses

I just read on Facebook that oboist Alfred Genovese has died.

11. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Conductors, Videos

“Ahhh … there’s a skill to this conducting malarky.”

(Warning: I think there’s one f-bomb. And yes, I mean “think” … I can’t hear it clearly. Stupid ears. And there are two s**ts there too. So if your ears hurt from this sort of thing, skip it!)

11. March 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: FBQD

[name here] has to have her own oboe for band this next school year. So anybody wanna buy a kidney…. or a leg? Geez they’re expensive.

11. March 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

… and, for some reason, including bassoons.

This is not at all my kind of humor, but I realize that it is humor for some, so here you go:

11. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: BachTrac™

Art of the Fugue 9
Emerson Quartet

11. March 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Listen

… little late! This was broadcast on November 19 of last year, but I neglected to put it up. Or maybe I remembered to and this is a repeat. You tell me!

You can listen to Ira Flatow (I always thought his last name was PLATO … silly me!) interviewing physicist and musician Dr. John Powell. He has a book out called “How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond”. I have always been fascinated by the difference between instruments, as well as the difference between two instruments playing the exact same notes in the same octave … how while one might sound screechingly high while the other might sound mid-range or even low. (Compare, for instance, an oboe playing a high G compared to a flute playing a high G. We sound quite high. The flute? Not so!)

To read the transcript or click on the audio link go here.

It really is quite interesting!

You can also hear and see him in these two videos (he’s funny, too!):

11. March 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

tried to tighten/loosen some screws on my oboe. I’ve killed it. DDDDDD:

… a longer post that was linked to this read:

I saw that the screws on my oboe was loose, so I tried to tighten them, but now it can not be fully played. For example when I play in B flat, it becomes another note. Does anyone know what happened? I really need help urgently.

(I caution my students about this … you can’t just turn a few screws on a whim! Leave it to your teacher or repair person. Please.)