27. May 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Un dramma! Bella cosa! Sarà al solito un

dramma semi-serio, un lungo, malinconico,
noioso, poetico strambotto.

Barbaro gusto! secolo corrotto!

An opera! Fine thing! As usual it will be a
semi-serious play, a long, melancholy,

boring, poetic rigmarole. In the worst taste!
What a corrupt age!


27. May 2007 · Comments Off on And So It Continues · Categories: imported, Ramble

The Giants just finished losing their third game in a row (the third time is so often not the charm). No one is home, I’ve had a bit of a nap (ball games can do that to me sometimes) and I’m pretty much unemployed with no urgent music to practice (sure, reeds would be a good idea … but we won’t go there, will we?). So I was busy being lazy while semi-moping here in the family room. Doing a bit of TV hopping, too lazy to even see what is on, I only haphazardly land on a local PBS station to find that the overture to The Barber of Seville has already begun. Wouldn’t you know it? I really need to check the Great Performances schedule more frequently. Ah well. At least I’ll see the rest of the Met broadcast.

I love this opera, and hearing it again brings back fun memories. It’s such a joy to play and hear.

Funny, but this morning was the first time I’d heard Juan Diego Flórez sing at all, in this video. (Would you have recognized Pavarotti? I sure didn’t!)

Update Wow! The aria with the very fast tonguing for first oboe is slower than we’ve taken it. I’d not have to worry about this tempo at all. Amazing!

I’m really enjoying the opera. 🙂

27. May 2007 · Comments Off on Whew · Categories: imported, Ramble

I didn’t get to sleep unti well after midnight. In my younger days (that was last year … oh … wait … longer …) and I slept until 8:00. Lazy me! And I’m still tired.

I didn’t realize how tiring playing the FanimeCon concert would be. It certainly wasn’t difficult. Lots of notes (and the one big tune did have some nearly unplayable stuff), but really it was not a big deal and I was almost unnecessary. I hate being unnecessary. I had a double, and yet the English horn wasn’t used for much of anything important. Weird.

It was a kick watching the big screen above us. We saw things from the back, so everything was backwards which meant the principal flute (she got a good amount of play time) looked like she was doing everything backwards. It was especially fun when the video games kicked in. I don’t really see much difference between most of them. Maybe that’s why most of the music sounds much the same too.

Much of the music is “sounds like” music, if you know what I mean. One work was odd, in that it gave no key signature through the entire thing. It was IN keys, mind you, but the composers (there were two of them—it was the “big new work” of the evening) just put in accidentals throughout. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that before. Is this the new way of writing music? Kind of like all the younger writers I’ve seen online who leave out capital letters and type “the” as “teh”? I don’t see that it’s a time saver in the long run; it seems much easier on the brain to have key signatures than to read accidental after accidental.

Anyway, I wouldn’t call it the big high of the season, but I still find it a kick to see these kids and grown, even grey-haired people getting jazzed over the concert. We never get as much cheering in the real world of symphony music! Besides, the costumes were fun. (I only wish I’d managed to give some of the people my card so they could see themselves here; they might have had fun with that. Or not.)

And now I’m nearly unemployed; the schools end soon and of course the opera and symphony seasons are over. If I didn’t teach privately, I’d be eligible for unemployment. Not that I’d file for it. (Seems to me it’s for those who really are desperately unemployed and if I had to get a job I’m sure I could.) I’m so thankful for my students, though!

Fanime Convention. It isn’t something I’d normally get close to. It’s just night my cuppa if you know what I mean.

But there I was, in some foreign land. And these characters were more than happy to let me snap pictures. (And yes I know, it’s fairly clear that I’m not a photographer! That talent was given to someone else in the family.)

Fanime2: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention  Fanime3: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention
I’m guessing that some readers may recognize these characters. I sure don’t. I also didn’t recognize the music we played, even though my kids have been known to play some of these games.

Fanime4: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention  Fanime1: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention
I was surprised that there weren’t many costumed folks at our performance tonight. The hall also wasn’t sold out. Maybe this crowd—anime rather than gamers?—aren’t as interested in the music. Or maybe they just spent all of their money on costumes!

These two were awfully cute!

Fanime5: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention

Fanime6: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention

And this guy … well … seems like maybe he should have been in Village People, you know?

 Fanime7: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention  Yes, some were wearing very little.

And then …

Fanime8: May 26, 2007, Fanime Convention
What the heck was a Storm Trooper doing there?

As I walked to dinner, I saw some pirates as well. In front of the movie theatre … for that little movie starring that guy. You know. The every youthful and quite mesmerizing Mr. Depp.