06. December 2005 · Comments Off on Music Quote · Categories: imported, Quotes

Glauben Sie ich will fur die Schreibtischelade schreiben?

-Johannes Brahms (Translation: Do you think I want to write for the desk drawer? This was Brahms’ response to oboist Richard Baumgärtel (1858-1941) when he asked why Brahms hadn’t written chamber music for oboe, when he had been doing so for clarinet.)

Source for this quote found here.

(Sigh. I love Brahms, and I’m really bummed that he didn’t write us any chamber music like he wrote for clarinet. Still, we have some mighty fine solos in some of the orchestra and choral works, and there is the incredible Serenade as well. So there.)

Steve Hicken, of listen asked a good question and I must apologize. I should always list all the composers when I’m talking about a concert, but I was too darn lazy to get up and find the program. I now have it in hand so I can give all the details. Here is the full program:

Ferdinand the Bull by Mark Fish (1998)
Roscoe Lee Browne, Narrator; Michael Graham, Cello; Aileen Chanco, Piano

B.B. Wolf (An Apologia) by Jon Deak (1982) for solo double bass and narrative
Bill Everett, Double Bass

L’Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky (1918)
Roscoe Lee Brown, Joseph (the Soldier) and the Devil; Sherri Phelps, Narrator; Robin Mayforth, Violin; Ginger Kroft Barnetson, Clarinet; Dan Norris, Cornet; Chris Vincenti, Trombone; Carolyn Lockhart, Bassoon; Bill Everett, Double Bass; Galen Lemmon, Percussion

There. Done.

Some friends of ours attended the concert as well, and we’ve now learned that there is another version of Ferdinand with narrator; they had expected to hear that. I think I’ll try to look it up later.

I loved the Stravinsky, as I mentioned before. My favorite moment is the Chorale … especially when the narration is included.