… played, of course by the instruments that are Queens of the Woodwinds!

Brava, Bernice Lee!
Arrangement by Fergus Davidson

29. June 2020 · Comments Off on Fun … and Very Well Played · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Teaching · Tags: ,

Brava to Bernice Lee for doing both parts of the Ferling! It’s so clever how she looks as if she is looking at the “other” player (herself) when of course no one would be there in real time. I’m not sure how she made that image at the end!

Ferling – Duo Concertante for 2 Oboes, Op. 13 (Rondo)

Duets are something I really miss while teaching online. I’ve suggested to students that they record one part and play along with that, but it’s not like the two of us playing together (I nearly always ended a lesson with a duet). I’m starting to ponder how to teach here. The other day I walked by a house when I saw a guitar student get out of her car, carrying her guitar, a chair, and a stand. I thought, “Oh dear … NO MASK? And she has a lesson?!” Well, as it turned out, she set up on the porch at the house. The teacher was inside the house, with the door opened (but she had a screen door closed). Hm. Perhaps I can do something like that if students are up for it. I’m still not willing to handle instruments or reeds, but at least we could play duets!

Good stuff here! A big bravo to each of you!

W. A. Mozart: “Madamina, il catalogo è questo”” from Don Giovanni
Denis Bourakov, Principal Flute, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Eugene Izotov, Principal Oboe, San Francisco Symphony
Recorded in Seoul, Korea / San Francisco, USA

Christylez Bacon writes:

“This week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Assistant Principal Oboist for the National Symphony Orchestra, Jamie Roberts! We’re remixing an Oboe etude using 3 different rhythms (2 American, 1 Brazilian)! See if you can list the rhythms in the comments section! Stay safe & healthy, share this with a friend, and support this series on Patreon as we plan for another episode next week!”

This is an arrangement of La Mer by Emily Tsai. It’s quite astounding what she has done, and I am pretty sure this must have taken EONS to put together! Brava to Ms. Tsai!

From her YouTube page:
La Mer – De l’aube à midi sur la mer
The Sea – From Dawn Til Noon on the Sea
for Oboe Choir/Double Reed Choir
by Claude Debussy
arranged and performed by Emily Tsai

This was definitely a passion project of mine as La Mer is my all time favorite piece of music. I miss playing with my chamber groups, I miss playing in orchestra, and I miss all of my oboe friends, so I arranged this as something that could combine all of the above and pull out all the stops! However, the next arrangement I do, I will recruit said oboe friends as well as some bassoon friends because that bass oboe, while making me feel powerful to play so low, was a FRUSTRATING beast! I hope to someday be able to perform this live with other double reeders and replace those bass oboes with the far superior bassoon!

08. June 2020 · Comments Off on Oboe, Cello, Piazzolla! · Categories: TangoTime™ · Tags: , , , ,

Such wonderful playing! Thank you to these fine, fine musicians!

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Histoire du Tango (1986)
II. Cafe, 1930
III. Nightclub, 1960

Katherine Needleman, oboe
Lachezar Kostov, cello
Arrangement by the performers

Socially-distanced Dress Rehearsal from June 5, 2020

08. May 2020 · Comments Off on Charming · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

This beautiful beck and call from married duo, Diana Doherty and Alexandre Oguey, is the perfect reminder to take a break from your day and get some sunshine! Enjoy their rendition of Berlioz’s Scène aux champs from Symphonie Fantastique.

06. May 2020 · Comments Off on James Button Plays Albinoni · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , , ,

This is beautiful!

From the San Francisco Symphony YouTube page:
Associate Principal Oboe James Button captures magic in this home performance of an Albinoni concerto, transcribed by James for oboes, English horn, & heckelphone.

This piece was a favorite on the 1st oboe CD he purchased when he was 12 years old. “I must have listened to that CD a thousand times that year and always wanted to perform it, so I decided why not now.”

29. April 2020 · Comments Off on LOVE THIS! · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

I Gotta Make Reeds (a parody of It’s Gonna Be Me)

From the YouTube Page:

Hello oboe world and friends! It’s been a while, but we wanted to share some oboe humor with you during this tough time, so a few ESM oboe alumni and current students came together with the help of the internet to put this together from our homes all across the country. Hope it gives you a laugh! #itsgonnabeMay

24. April 2020 · Comments Off on Gabriel’s Oboe · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Oboe · Tags: , , ,

My friend Grace Hodges Tice is the oboist in this lovely rendition of the Morricone piece. Please enjoy!

From the Facebook page:
“Gabriel’s Oboe” – during our Covid 19 isolation time. This is one of my favorite pieces of music and it was a privilege to record with these amazing artists: Erika Fish Johnson(cello), Grace Hodges Tice (oboe). I dedicate this to my daughter, Melody McCain Dowdy. We hope you enjoy this wonderful Ennio Morricone composition and that you consider sharing this on your Facebook page for others to enjoy.