02. December 2006 · Comments Off on One More · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’m home. I should be in bed, as I’m exhausted. But there’s something about playing an opera and being a bit wired and all. So here I sit, watching the tube and hoping I’ll get tired enough to actually sleep through the night without waking. (Last night was a really rotten night when it comes to sleeping.)

Tonight’s opera was nifty again, although I feel that Thursday was the best. Maybe it’s just my mood, though, that is making that judgement.

Meanwhile … with one more Opera San José performance to go I thought I should look at next week’s calendar. Whoa! I had forgotten that I not only have the Symphony Silicon Valley rehearsals and concerts (which includes Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, but there’s also a Tuesday night rehearsal for our Holiday Concert. That concert occurs the a week from tomorrow, after our symphony series concert at 2:30. Yikes.

I’m going to relish Monday night. It’s my last free evening until December 18.

This is a good time of year for employment. I think I’ll keep repeating this to myself. 🙂

02. December 2006 · Comments Off on Odd Oboes and More · Categories: imported, Ramble

I know I’ve mentioned the odd Marigaux oboes before, but I just happened upon them again today, and thought I might have new readers here.

First there is the altuglas oboe. Hmm. So would one be able to see all the lovely condensation? I suppose it would help guarantee one would have brushed one’s teeth before playing. Or we can hope ….

They also offer the same thing: an altuglas English horn is here, along with other EHs. (Isn’t the rosewood lovely? I think I’d like that just because of how pretty it is!)

And then there’s the M2 … an oboe I’d really love to try just because the short top joint and long middle joint seem so bizarre to me. It has key alterations as well. Interesting.

Finally, you can check out all of these. I’m guessing some of you haven’t seen these before …?