MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn
Stay At Home Choir

O Radiant Dawn from The Strathclyde Motets by James MacMillan
with The Sixteen – https://thesixteen.com/
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We really don’t know what the coming months will bring. Many of us — perhaps all? — are rather certain there will be no concert halls full of listeners and a stage of musicians. Until there is a vaccine it is hard to imagine that we can possibly go back to “normal”. Some wonder if the old “normal” can ever return. It’s difficult to say. At the moment we are forbidden to be on stage, and that’s as it should be.

But no one can stop the music!

When live in-person concerts stopped musicians immediately started to post the “virtual” videos — performers each recording their part (or parts in some instances) and someone (or someones) would put it all together: it’s a very time consuming job, but the end results can be quite glorious, as you’ve seen here at oboeinsight.

And now there are occasionally the small groups. A reduced orchestra on stage, everyone six feet or more apart. Sometimes with a conductor, sometimes not. Still no audiences.

But THIS … a quartet. Still separated by space. With no audience. But oh the music making! If this is what we have to have for a while, I can live with it. SUCH beauty! (But if you’ve never heard the full orchestra version of the Adagietto you have missed something incredible, so do search it out.)

Mahler: Adagietto (from the Fifth Symphony)
The Alma Quartet

Followed by more Mahler, including Nino Gvetadze on piano … please do listen!

07. April 2020 · Comments Off on Saying Goodnight With Bach · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , , ,

… because Bach is always good for the heart. As is cello. Here are New York Philharmonic cellists playing Bach’s Suite No. 1 for unaccompanied Cello. (No, they don’t play it together … each player takes a movement.)

06. April 2020 · Comments Off on Morning Music · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Vocalise (by S. Rachmaninoff)
Played by Quarancelli, 12 quarantined members of New York City’s community of musicians

01. February 2019 · Comments Off on Start With Stravinsky · Categories: Ramble · Tags: , ,

It’s a nice way to begin a morning, I think. And a new month, as well!

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

From the YouTube page (I love it when all the musicians are listed!)

October 28, 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

VIOLIN I
Benjamin Hoffman – principal
Jimin Lee
Kako Miura
Gabriel Maffuz-Anker
Zachary Brandon

VIOLIN II
Chiai Tajima – principal
Evan Johanson
April Paik
Wynton Grant
Alex Granger

VIOLA
Leo Plashinov – principal
Alice Ping
Marissa Winship

CELLO
Juliette Herlin – principal
Mia Barcia-Colombo
Javier Iglesias Martin

BASS
Daniel Carson – principal
Sam Shuhan

FLUTE
Doug DeVries – principal
Emma McCartney

OBOE
Robert Walker – principal
Laura Arganbright

BASSOON
Ryan Wilkins – principal
Lieza Hansen

HORN
Rachel Nierenberg – principal
Ian Petruzzi

TRUMPET
Jonah Levy

TROMBONE
Connor Rowe

When Symphony Silicon Valley performs The Lord of the Rings trilogy, simultaneous to the movies being shown on a huge screen, there will be 250 musicians on stage, made up of the orchestral instrumentalists, chorale members and children’s chorus.

These voices and musicians will be performing a total of 22 hours in a matter of four days. That only leaves a few hours for eating and sleeping. This becomes a marathon for each of the 100 instrumentalists, the 100 adult vocalists, and the 50 members of the children’s chorus. Not only a physical marathon, but a mental one as well.

The backdrop for the concert stage is a huge screen, 20 feet high and 48 feet wide, that will be showing the three Lord of the Rings movies in high definition.

Think of it: the sheet music alone…and this is just for the conductor…is 1200 pages, printed on 11-inch by 17-inch paper. Depending on the instrument, each musician receives several volumes of sheet music to study in advance.

… eat? Sleep? Meh … been there, done that. 😉

(The only sad thing about this is that I’ll have to cancel some students. I’m hoping some will come to the shows. Getting my students to attend concerts has been a struggle forever.)

You can read much much more here.

Here’s just a bit of the music (I wanted to be sure and post a YouTube video that looked to be legal … not an easy thing to find!)

12. March 2009 · Comments Off on Music That Makes You Dumb · Categories: Links, Ramble · Tags:

The only classical composer listed was Beethoven. And he’s at the top (for smartness … don’t worry!). But were there no other classical composers? Hmmm.

But anyway, check it out if you want. Or don’t. I won’t know the diff.

Of course the way this is done when compiling results from Facebook has some problems, as I’m sure the person who put it together knows. For instance, some people are busy trying to impress others and won’t put up their true “favorites”, as they might be embarrassing.

Gee, would I do that? Naw. But I didn’t list anything at all, since I can’t figure out what my “favorite music” is. You can see that if you visit my Facebook page, but I’m not sure you can see that if you haven’t “friended” me. And I don’t “friend” — yeah, they verbed that ‐ because I don’t like to impose and I fear rejection. I also wish they had “acquaintance” rather than “friend” there. I’m weird that way.

Ramble ramble … killing 30 minutes until I can go make my latté.

Done.