30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Asked Online

What instrument should i play on? Oboe, Harmonica or violin?
I’ve practiced normal flute for 3 years, and then I practiced piano for 4 years.
Now on the forth year, I have new teacher and he’s so mean and he’s driving me crazy.
So I’m going to stop playing the piano, until we move back in the country we come from.
But I don’t want to forget the notes, and I think it would be great to know other instrument too.
I think we will move back after 3 years or more. I love all of these instruments, and I also really like french horn but my dad doesn’t really like it. I don’t now wich insturment I should play…
Of these. Help?

P.S i know I already asked but it went to other categorie. And I’m already 13 years old… Is this to late?

C’mon, mean teacher. Be nice.

(Then again, it could just be that the teacher has expectations, eh?)

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

I just read this headline:
Local quartet keeps classical music relevant with pop mixes

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

With only seven celebrities left, the pressure is growing on “Dancing With The Stars.” Monday night’s theme is classical music.

“It’ll be very prim and proper and old fashioned. It’s going to be good,” said Peta Murgatroyd.

… because the kind of music I play — and the kind of person I am — is prim and proper.


I read it here. (And no, I’ve never watched Dancing with the Stars. I’ve seen the end of the show when I turn on the tube to watch the show that follows (Castle) though. I see the “stars” and I can’t figure out who they are!)

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

As a symphony orchestra conductor who grew up cracking sunflower seeds as he watched opera, Jindong has a unique perspective. His view is that it’s fine to applaud between movements if the audience is so moved – he appreciates the enthusiasm and does not think anyone should be made to feel foolish for clapping at the “wrong” time. He also believes in some interaction between audience and performers – indeed, he often addresses the audience before a concert. But, he draws the line at eating and talking, because he feels it distracts from the artistry of a performance.
Perhaps it is time for a reconsideration of classical music audience etiquette. Instead of exporting musical snobbery along with symphonic orchestras, we should import spontaneity and enthusiasm – but draw the line at eating sausages and dried squid.


If you DO read the whole thing, you’ll see this article is in reaction to a lecture given by Anatole Leikin, at the Reactions to the Record symposium. That’s the event at which I recently performed, doing the Reinecke with Anatole and Susan Vollmer.

Now regarding applause … I’ve written about it before. Maybe I’ll finally give up. It’s more of the “same old, same old” to me. And I think it’s a mistake if anyone believes that getting rid of certain things will suddenly make my particular genre of music popular. We are not a popular music. Applause between movements can be, I think, just fine. Up to a point. If it’s spontaneous and genuine and truly unavoidable, then I say go for it. But sometimes it’s forced. I thought, at our performance, it was forced because the audience was told beforehand that they could applaud and, in fact, we would like them to. What could they do after that? I knew a few people who attended the concert and not one of them said a word to me after about enjoying the performance nor did they blog about liking it. Silence speaks pretty darn loudly, and I am assuming they were not impressed by the performance. So that applause was, I’m guessing, all about being told what to do. Ah well ….

But really, all the etiquette tossing we can do isn’t going to magically change things overnight. At least I don’t believe so.

Education might help. Lower prices might help. Playing in different venues is a good idea, and can be used to gain new ears. I still say, though, that what we do will never gain the Lady Gaga crowds.

I suspect, though, that the music I play will be played fifty years from now. I honestly don’t know if Lady G’s still will be. It’s just that way this stuff works.

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

[name here] has the urge to play the oboe. Too bad I don’t have any reeds or chops anymore :(

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

i dont mind you playing bassoon concertos at full volume but i mind oboe very much

30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

Which brings me to the heart of this recording: Beethoven. Too often in the quest to make classical music more “accessible,” the approach is to ask “how is this relevant to today?,” and the result is to water down the art. Op. 131 remains infectious because the world today is still relevant to Beethoven, even if most people don’t know it. (Does that sound elitist? I hope so.) The quality of late Beethoven resides in its emotional search through life that draws out the depths of sadness, exuberance, and strivings in its music: something that is universal no matter what the era. Conservatory technique, while of course necessary, can ever quite capture this raw quality, and ultimately performers must make their own connections with the music.

-David Pearson

You might guess that the reason I liked this is the whole “accessible” and “relevant” thing. You would be right. I detest both of those words in some ways. I appreciate Mr. Pearson’s ability to explain why the Beethoven is relevant though. Rather than roll his eyes, as I do, he just makes a good point.

This is from a review of a string quartet at I care if you listen.

29. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Claudio Monteverdi: Cantate Domino Canticum Novum
Orpheus Chamber Choir; Conductor, Romana Rivers

29. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday @ Noon Music

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Brad Sondahl, guitar

29. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Lead Kindly Light, music by Dan Forrest
Premiere of “Lead, Kindly Light”, April 3, 2012, by the Tennessee Tech University Chorale, Dr. Craig Zamer conducting, and Dr. Dan Forrest accompanying

The Pillar of Cloud

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

John Henry Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890)