09. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

I know, I know, saxophones weren’t invented when Vivaldi was writing, but neither were modern oboes and we play his music. So this oboe and soprano sax worked for me.

Zija Bejleri, soprano sax; Ilir Gjoka, oboe; Aristidh Prosi, Cello; Kamerata Tiranes

Mozart is definitely not new to my ears, but this work sure is!

Mozart: Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots K35
The Obligation of the First and Foremost Commandment

If you’ve read the Wiki link above you know that there were three parts to this, and only the first (the only part by Mozart) survived. The sources I read vary, some saying he composed it at 11 and some 12.

09. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

Busy weekend! The concert at church went great! I finally didn’t make any mistakes on my solos! Yes, I am a band geek again! Playing my oboe in the church band! Loving it:)

09. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: News, Read Online

I read it here (and other places).

In a surprise loss of a cherished New York summer tradition, the New York Philharmonic won’t hold its free concerts in city parks, city officials said.

Without citing a reason, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation said the concerts would not be held, but wouldn’t elaborate on why or whether the decision is permanent.

09. June 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Yep, I do. Not as much as some, but I’m not like a stiff board (which I find bores one stiff … tee hee). When I solo in front of an orchestra I move more. When I’m playing second I move less (I attempt to, for the most part, move less than the principal, so as not to draw attention to my second oboe playing). When I played the Piazzolla a few weeks back Dan took photos. One, which I hadn’t put up before, shows me in “dip mode”. I thought of it after watching the solo oboist in the video I posted earlier today take a “dip”. So while the photos below aren’t all that interesting, it is worth seeing so you see that. (Sadly only a photo, not a video, which would be clearer obviously!) If you were there you saw me … were you surprised (hint, hint … Dan? Daniel!? Vladimir? Ben?) by the movement. Did it seem too much? Too little? I’d be curious to hear!

First … no dip (but stupid hair in the face … I usually wear a headband or clip it back. Oops!)

And then “the dip” …

By the way, you might notice that the audience isn’t really looking at me. There were tango dancers to the audience’s right. This was a surprise to me — I still don’t even know if the conductor knew they were going to dance! I was fine with it (Dan didn’t care for it, as he thought it a distraction), but I would have liked to have been told. And if they weren’t requested by the conductor I do think it was inappropriate to dance without asking. They certainly weren’t at either rehearsal. So what think ye about that? Should a soloist be informed about things like this? In this day of “we need to change things up” are we moving also toward this freedom? I don’t even know where I stand on it, other than thinking it really would have been nice to be informed … I was so surprised I even forgot to acknowledge them at the end, and felt a bit like the idiot after I left the stage. I can tell you, though, that it didn’t distract me when performing in the least. I actually was even able to watch them a few times.

09. June 2011 · 7 comments · Categories: Quotes

Seconds should be ready to take over for the principles when needed, but don’t warm up with or play their solos


I teach my students this … good old music etiquette. Now if we could teach musicians to stop turning around to look at who made the mistake! Sigh. (I saw this frequently at symphony this year, and I found it frustrating.)

Read my Musicians’ Etiquette page if you want to see other things that can get a person into trouble — and can also alienate you from your colleagues.

09. June 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

It’s bad when I can pick out the oboe in a 15 second commercial.#bandgeek

All those double reeds … kind of demands the volume be turned up, you know? :-)

Konzert der Dozenten des Doppelrohr-Festivals 2011

Christoph Hartmann, Isaac Duarte, Renato Bizzotto

Martin Frutiger

Matthias Racz, Hans Agreda