This is just wonderful …

Handel: Guardian Angels, Oh, Protect Me
Lea Deandre, Thomas Dunford and the Jupiter Ensemble. (Oboist isn’t named. Sorry!)

This is from Mingjia Liu and MusEcho. It shows you how to use his new knife.

I think this works for today:

Giovanni Croce: Buccinate in Neomenia
VOCES8

TEXT

Buccinate in neomenia tuba, In insigni die solemnitatis vestrae.
Alleluja.
In voce exultationis, in voce tubae corneae, exultate Deo adjutori nostro.
Alleluja.

Jubilemus/Jubilate Deo in chordis et organo, In tympano et choro.
Cantate et exultate et psallite sapienter.
Alleluja.

TRANSLATION

Blow the trumpet when the moon is new, at the sign of your solemn feast day. Alleluia.
With a voice of rejoicing, with the sound of the trumpet, rejoice in the Lord our help. Alleluia.

Let us rejoice/Rejoice in God with strings and organ, with drum and in chorus.
Sing and rejoice and sing psalms as well as you know how.
Alleluia.

I have just received a new reed knife from Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Opera Mingjia Liu’s company Musecho.

This knife has replaceable blades. If you, like me, really hate having to sharpen a knife, it is a wondrous thing, and so great for taking to the rehearsal or concert hall, as carrying a sharpening stone or other device does add to the weight of all we carry. (You can use his wonderful burnishing rod to keep the burr the way you like it.) With the replaceable blades you simply swap out one blade for a new one when necessary. You can buy the thin blades in packages of 10 each, with 10 cases of those 10 (in other words: 100 blades) for $80.

The sheath has a magnet that helps remove the used blade, but also can hold a plaque, which I find so darn convenient.

Oh … and that thread? It’s so darn pretty, and so comfortable to hold while winding!

Bravo, Mingjia! And a big BRAVO, too, for your work in the opera Orpheus and Eurydice.

Eleanor Daley: Upon Your Heart
Pembroke College Chapel Choir and Girl’s Choir; Anna Sapwood, Conductor

Caroline Shaw: And the Sparrow
East Carolina University Chamber Singers; James Franklin, conductor

How beloved is your dwelling place,
o Lord of hosts,
my soul yearns, faints,
my heart and my flesh cry out.

The sparrow found a house,
and the swallow her nest,
where she may raise her young.

They pass through the Valley of Bakka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn also covers it with pools.

I’m going to sound like an old person, I know, but I have a bit of advice for musicians who are new to working in the business. Honestly … this can help you get jobs if you are starting to sub.

1: Arrive early to jobs. I’ve noticed so many newer subs coming on to the stage or into the pit at the last minute. So late, in fact, that some of us, including the personnel manager, wonder if the player is going to show up at all. If you are new, make that effort (I don’t write “extra effort” because it isn’t extra at all!) to get to the pit ahead of the start of a rehearsal or performance. Worrying your (tenured!) colleagues isn’t a great way to continue to get hired. We don’t like to worry about other musicians as we are warming up.

2: If you are sitting in the middle of the orchestra, arrive even earlier. Really. I remember, when I was starting out, an older player suggested I not arrive as late as I did, since I had to carefully ease my way into the pit past all the already seated players. It was not a comfortable thing to do, both for them and for me.

3: If it’s suggested you audit a rehearsal and you are new, do so. Don’t think, “Well, I don’t have to do this so never mind!” I guarantee you will earn extra “points” if you come, showing you care about the group, the production, and the audience. You will be less likely to get hired back if you don’t bother.

4: Dress like the rest of the group. Ask, if you aren’t sure what the dress code is (although it is usually listed on a hire sheet). If it says black, it means black (no colored jackets hanging on the back of your chair, either). If it says long or 3/4 length sleeves, don’t wear sleeveless or short sleeves. Again, this shows that you care, and also that you are attentive to things like this. This matters even if you think you aren’t seen by the audience: the orchestra members do see you! (I once played a job where a player didn’t wear what was requested and I heard the player say to a colleague, “It doesn’t matter. No one can see me anyway!” Well, I saw you … and I heard you say that.)

I hate to sound like an old lady, but the truth is that is what I am, so there you go. I just want younger musicians to succeed in this business. Oh … and for the typical stuff, you can always visit my etiquette page.

Daniel Elder: The Heart’s Reflection
Spira Ensemble; Kari Turunen, Conductor

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. ~ Proverbs 27:19

Bruckner: Locus Iste
Zurich Chamber Singers; Christian Erne, Conductor

This is the Lord’s house, which He hath made.
Profoundly sacred,
it is beyond reproof.

Rudolf Mauersberger: Herr, lehre mich doch
Sonat Vox; Justus Merkel, Director

(from Psalm 39)
Lord, teach me that there has to be an end with me, and my life has an aim, and that I must go …