20. October 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Grigoras Dinicu · Categories: NewToMyEars™

… I haven’t a clue if this is an arrangement. I’m guessing so …? Any of you hear of Grigoras Dinicu before?

Grigoras Dinicu: Spring Hora
Gilles Apap, Kira Kraftzoff and Rastrelli Cello Quartet

Beethoven Violin Concerto, last movement. Sort of. The video is just a snippet from the movie “La Belle Verte”. This particular YouTube video is overdubbed in Russian. The actual movie is in French.

If you want to see even more (and hear it in French with English subtitles) there’s this:

I’m interested in music, but not the music theory, but you don’t have to think to play arpeggios. You want to play a violin, you have only one solution, to play in the conservatory you need to have a power. Power, Power. Power!

A short bit of the synopsis: As part of an intergalactic coalition, a well-meaning space alien volunteers to bring a message of self-actualization and harmony with nature to the one planet rejected by all her peers as incorrigible — Earth.

Full synopsis

For some reason I had a very silly mental block against one of the solos in Petrouchka (Petrushka? You choose!) yesterday. This is going to sound very silly, but it has to do with the way it was notated. It may be crazy, but there you go.

Here’s the excerpt:

For some reason I simply couldn’t manage to play the first four notes evenly. I wanted more weight, due to the accent and the way it looks(!) on the third note, which was causing me to stretch it out. Go figure. IF it had been written as four sixteenth notes, with the fourth one tied to an eighth, I think I actually would have been fine. Maybe.

But now I’ve figured it out, I think.


Well, sometimes I add lyrics to things. And this time I had the perfect ones:

“Patty’s stupid! She cannot count!”

Yep. That works.

20. October 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD


20. October 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I love the oboe! I played it in college and had a lot of fun with it. I hope you do, too.