12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Asked Online · Categories: Asked Online

Should I trade in my bass clarinet for a oboe or English horn?

should I trade in my bass clarinet for a oboe or English horn give me the pros and cons of the the instruments

This is a “DUH!” kind of question, don’t you think?

12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Jules Massenet! · Categories: Birthdays!

Born in 1842, in case you’re wondering.

I love it when I find a performer has placed a video on YouTube. I can almost safely assume it’s okay to post. (I say “almost” because some performers even make mistakes sometimes and post something that isn’t supposed to be posted. Not everyone knows the rules we have in our contracts!)

Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Orchestra Radio-Television Serbia; Bojan Sudjic conductor. Sava Centre, Belgrade, Serbia.

12. May 2015 · Comments Off on Flying With Instruments · Categories: Read Online

What a hazard! I hear horror stories far too frequently about damaged or entirely demolished instruments. Thank goodness we carry on our oboes and English horns!

Now there’s another worry:

As the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra prepare to leave for Cuba on Wednesday, some are worried about their ability to return home with their instruments.

Top-flight classical musicians seek out the best-available instruments, which can be centuries old. Many were built at a time when there was little concern about the materials used to make them.

Have ivory on your bow or bassoon? You’d better get documentation so you don’t have the instrument confiscated!


And then there’s this:

And this …

And who can forget this?

But wait … there’s more!