28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

Listening to swan lake. Such beautiful oboe solos.

28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

Something cute for today!

Super Mario Brothers Theme Song
Christopher Souvey, singer

28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

I just love this music and these instruments so here you go:

and more …

28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

the Netflix “hold” music is pretty epic – some serious oboe skills going on….shame their service isn’t as good!!

28. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

… but by whom? I didn’t see the source for the “It is thought” sentence. Hmm. Flute in particular? I wonder about this writer’s sources for that and other reasons. I’m not saying he or she is wrong, but I’m skeptical.

hink of your favorite song. Most likely, it is your favorite because it makes you feel alive, happy, relaxed, or it reminds you of a special event in your life. Although it differs for every individual based both on genre and the environment, music affects you mentally, physically and emotionally. According to research found on buzzle.com and emedexpert.com, here are a few ways how it does that.
Helps fight sadness or depression
Serotonin is a chemical widely distributed throughout the body that constricts blood vessels at injury sites and that also may have an effect on the body’s emotional state. The less serotonin the body has, the less happy the person will feel. Soothing music, such as slow classical numbers or warm piano tones, helps release serotonin in the brain, therefore warding off signs of depression.
Improves memory and concentration
Research proves that when two musical notes are separated by a short silence, the brain cells in charge of developing a quick and clear memory are triggered. It is thought that flute music in particular is recommended as a memory and concentration-sharpening tool. Download a few classical tunes to turn on while you’re studying. This genre of music will help your brain retain and recall the information you are trying to store.

I read it here, in a college newspaper.

27. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Havin' Fun

Just a little FYI for you all (because a student and I just had a bit of a laugh about this):

Question: Did you eat the last cookie?

Answer: Maybe.

In this instance the answer means yes.

Question: Did you practice that?

Answer: Maybe.

In this instance the answer means no.

That is all. You are welcome.

27. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

You know you’re cool when you have a shirt that says oboe on the back!!!

27. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble, Read Online

For thirty-five years I’ve maintained that the classic works of the American Musical Theater are fit to be in the repertoire of opera houses. In many ways they ARE our opera. Many were composed for “legit,” unamplified voices, with sizable choruses, orchestras and dancers.


Ah, the arguments I’ve heard about this, along with “what makes it an opera?” arguments.

Me? I wish we could do some Sondheim here in Opera San José, being the Sondheim fan that I am, and yes, I’d love to do the other musicals Mr. Gockley mentions as well. (Gee, the last — and only! — time I’m played Showboat was about thirty-five years ago. I remember it specifically because I was only subbing two shows for someone and on my way to the first show someone ran a red light in front of me, my car was totalled and my oboe unplayable.) I’ve always thought a summer series of some of the American musical theater classics would be so darn cool. Okay, selfishly, this would also mean I finally get some summer work, since I’m mostly unemployed all summer long and it gets rather difficult both financially and emotionally! When I’m not playing at all I start to wonder if I’m really a musician.

Nope, never heard of this sonata for bassoon and cello before! Fun!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (Salisburgo, 27 gennaio 1756 — Vienna, 5 dicembre 1791

sonata per fagotto e violoncello KV 292
rondò, allegro

Milan Turkovic fagotto
Gerhard Iberer violoncello

27. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

sorry. i’m on edge playing 3 different types of oboe this semester haha