Reading a review of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, I come across this paragraph:

”Quiet City” is Copland’s reworking of some incidental music he wrote for a play by Irwin Shaw in 1939; it depicts urban night thoughts, and the echoing lonely voices are those of trumpet (Charles Schlueter) and oboe (John Ferrillo). The oboist sounded more poised and flexible than the trumpeter, but at his best Schlueter offered a darkly plaintive quality of tone.

There’s a problem with this paragraph unless something was altered.

Anyone know why?

(Answer tomorrow if no one can answer this tonight!)


  1. Maybe I know… is it that the “oboe” was actually an English horn?  Maybe? 

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Brava! You got it … and so quickly too. Wow, I’m impressed.

    I can’t find anything else online about the concert, so I can’t figure out if the work was altered (heaven forbid!) or if Ferrillo played English horn. He’s the principal oboist in BSO so it seems doubtful to me, but what do I know?

    I’ll post your answer tomorrow, Sarah (I figure I’ll see if anyone else answer tonight.)

  3. It’s for Cor Anglais, not oboe, right?

  4. Oh, I think someone already beat me to the answer! 🙂