When German baroque composer Reinhard Keiser died, he was eulogized as the greatest opera composer in the world.


His reputation quickly faded, but the Minnesota Opera is helping to rescue Keiser from complete obscurity with the American premiere of his opera, “The Fortunes of King Croesus.”

I just wonder … what composer(s) we think of as the best will be forgotten 300 years from now.


Guess I won’t be finding out, eh?


  1. Hi, Patty. I think Richard Danielpour is a likely candidate for eventual obscurity. Off topic–my blog is down, and I’ve lost your e-mail address, so I don’t have a way to report this otherwise–I think you’d be interested in a couple of oboe pieces we’ve had this week in the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. We’re scheduling a lot of Australian music this year, and Gerry Reuter has done a beautiful job with a couple of very attractive works you might want to look into: “Water Spirit Song” by Ross Edwards (it’s for English horn and optional water sounds), and “Sydney Singing” for oboe and piano by Peter Sculthorpe. They’re both very audience-friendly. I can’t vouch for how oboist-friendly they are, though.

  2. Jmaes! I wondered where you were … I saw that your site was gone, and hoped you’d let me know if it comes back. (Will it?)

    I really enjoy Ross Edwards’ music. I’ll definitely want to look into that work. I’ve not heard for Sculthorpe, but another I’ll want to check out, to be sure.

    My email: pattyoboe [at] mac [dot] com

    Great to hear from you! 🙂