29. March 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be
perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf.

-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Anglo-Irish playwright, author Mabel Chiltern, in “An Ideal Husband,” Act 2

29. March 2005 · Comments Off on Oh Really? · Categories: imported, Ramble

I received the following quote via an email list:

“Classical music is dying in the USA and nothing, short of resurrecting Leonard Bernstein, will halt it.”

I guess it’s time to sell the old oboe. Who will buy? Make an offer I can’t refuse!

But seriously, while I think there are some things we need to figure out regarding the future of classical music, I’m not ready to nail the coffin shut. Nor do I think Leonard Bernstein has quite the power this person thinks he has. (Nor do we have resurrection power!)

Ah well.

Opera began today. Wagner. The Flying Dutchman. Good oboe stuff. Don’t forget to get your tickets if you’re a local yokel. Or you far away folks could fly in if you so desire; if you do I’ll buy you a cuppa joe! Maybe even a dessert. If you’re nice. 😉