I suspect that’s what they do most of the time, but I’ll have to watch more videos to know for sure!

Thanks, Bob Hubbard, for bringing this to my attention!

From the YouTube page:

This is a small tune I composed while on an airplane, hence the title. It is written for 2 oboes and was written so that one may play it by themselves. A very genuine attempt at screwing around.

I’m assuming the name on the YouTube page, Rajan Panchal, is the oboist’s name.

Bravo! :-)

Enjoy! I’m not familiar with this work, but now that I’ve heard it I’d love to play it!

From the video page:

André Previn Trío para oboe, fagot y piano
Salvador Barberá, oboe. Vicente Alario, fagot. Duncan Gifford, piano.
Grupo de cámara de la Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE
Teatro Monumental de Madrid
André George Previn, KBE ( born Andreas Ludwig Prewin; April 6, 1929) is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement).
Previn has received a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, winning in 1958, 1959, 1963 and 1964. He is one of few composers to accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back Oscars, and one of only two to do so on two occasions (the other being Alfred Newman). In 1970 he was nominated for a Tony Award as part of Coco’s nomination for Best Musical. In 1977 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. The 1977 television show Previn and the Pittsburgh was nominated for three Emmy awards. Previn was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. (Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, he may use the post-nominal letters KBE but is not called “Sir André”.) Previn received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 in recognition of his contributions to classical music and opera in the United States. In 2005 he was awarded the international Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music. In 2010, the Recording Academy honored Previn with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

I have to confess that I’d heard the title of this song, but never heard the actual song before, so I first had to go on YouTube to find the original before putting this up.

I realize some of us folks in the classical world sort of pride ourselves in being out of touch with pop culture, but there is a part of me that feels as if I should be a little more aware. I think pop culture teaches us “where we’re at” … if you know what I mean. Not that you’ll get me to watch any reality TV shows, mind you. I don’t want to know that part of the “where we’re at” story!

Anyway, bravi tutti to The Burning Reeds, and if you want to hear the group YLVIS sing “What does the Fox Say?” I’ll post that below the fabulous bassoon version as well.

The Burning Reeds perform YLVIS’s hit song “What Does The Fox Say?” Bassoonists understand the pun.

The Burning Reeds are a bassoon quartet at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Members are Stephen Duncan, Cathryn Gaylord, Adam Romey, and Cornelia Sommer, with special guest James Cromer. Kevin Grainger arranged the song, and this performance was recorded by angrymicstudio.com in Auer Hall.

How these guys can sing this with a straight face is beyond me. I admit I just love this … yes, I’m goofy that way.

Don’t expect any classical, though. :-)

… in case you wanted one!

Ugh … one of those videos that plays automatically so down it goes. Sorry about that. I refuse to put those on the blog. If you want to watch the video go here.

We must be very careful. You are going to be teachers or performers. As performers you have to play with honesty, not to express yourselves, but to give expression to the work; not to try to say my Beethoven Sonata, my Chopin Scherzo, but a Scherzo, not even by Chopin … a Scherzo that was given to Chopin to write and that no longer needs Chopin to be a masterpiece. It no longer needs a performer or a listener. It needs nothing. It’s just floating in the air, ablaze with light. Then you look at it or you don’t.

A friend loaned me Nadia Boulanger – Mademoiselle. I SO enjoyed this!

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I hadn’t heard until now that Sid Caesar died on the twelfth.

From the YouTube page:
[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] – First telecast on “Caesar’s Hour” on October 10, 1955 over NBC, this kinescoped sketch is a take-off on the Italian opera “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Sid plays the role of “Gallipacci” (“Canio” in the real opera) an actor in a traveling Italian comedia dell’arte troupe during the late 19th century. His wife “Rosa” (“Nedda” in tha actual opera), who is played by singer and comedienne Nanette Fabray, falls in love with fellow actor “Emilio” (the opera’s “Silvio” character), performed by Carl Reiner, and they make plans to elope. Sid sings a rendition of songs in a jibberish Italian dialect which he picked up in his youth from waiting tables at his father’s 24-hour blue-collar diner in Yonkers, New York. Straying off of the real opera’s musical score just a bit, we hear hilariously bastardized renditions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, Cole Porter’s “Begin The Beguine”, and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” among others. Howie Morris (Ernest T. Bass from “The Andy Griffith Show”) is “Vesuvio” (whose real opera character is “Tonio”) and he performs a parody song and dance rountine to the tune “If I Know What You Know”. In one of the most famous “saves” in the history of live television, Sid was supposed to paint a teardrop on his cheek when the mascara pencil broke at the beginning of his nonsense rendition of “Just One of Those Things”. Not breaking his stride, Sid proceeds to pick up one of Nanette’s lip brushes and paints an unscripted tic-tac-toe board on his face. The grand finale concluded with a variation of the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” after Gallipacci takes care of the situation along the lines of a Mafia hit. Also, in the early days of live television, one time “specials” which pre-empted regular series programs were initially called “spectaculars”. Listen for a young Don Pardo introducing the sketch.