17. February 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD Just For Fun · Categories: imported, Quotes

Now comes the question: What is your endgame, O wooer of the tambourine? Do you shake her for her sex appeal? Have you seen men playing tambourines on stage, using them to attract painted women in short skirts, and decided that you, too, would like to use the tambourine to attract a painted lady of your own? Then you love the tambourine for all the wrong reasons. Lay her down gently and walk away. You are among the undeserving.

Do not feel alone. Most are undeserving. But if you are pure of heart and prove yourself worthy of her considerable charms, the tambourine will treat you well. This, however, is a long, hard road, and the journey down this path requires great seriousness of purpose and commitment. If you decide that you are incapable of such things, then you should seriously consider the oboe. That is an instrument for the true vulgarian.

-From The Onion (read the rest here)

17. February 2006 · Comments Off on I Was Wrong · Categories: imported, Links

Contrary to what I thought, there is another review of Bohème. It is quite favorable, similar to the other two. Nice!

17. February 2006 · Comments Off on Quizzes · Categories: imported, Links

Not an oboe player, resulting in too much time on your hands? You can always take some classical music quizzes.

I’ve not checked them out, so who knows if they are any good, but you can always try them and let me know.

17. February 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

In assigning Puccini his rightful place among great composers of opera, one cannot compare him directly with such earlier masters as Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti or the Verdi of Rigoletto, and Trovatore. The customs of writing were then very much different. They had a secco. In other words when the action bogged down or the librettist was in a quandary what to do next, he would simply stop, have the character speak some lines that developed the story—which could be put to any conventional musical line—and then the composer would write an aria. If the quality of the inspiration was great, as almost always with Mozart, or sometimes in Rossini, what happened in between was unimportant. But when the scheme of writing a consecutive musical texture was introduced, the problem became very much greater. It is for this reason that I rate Puccini so highly. He achieved a synthesis of word, music and action that is not only highly appropriate to the subject and easy to assimilate, but also, in the end, very satisfying.

-Sir Thomas Beecham