08. August 2008 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: Ramble

Sir Roger is simply off his trolley with this senza vibrato thing.

Way off.

-A C Douglas

I read it here.

08. August 2008 · Comments Off on Mooving Classical Music · Categories: Links, News

An Israeli dairy farmer is crediting classical music with increasing the milk production of his cows.

Avraham Sindlis of Givat Haim Ihud in the past two years has seen his kibbutz’s cowshed move up to 11th place in Israeli milk production from 102nd.

His secret? Playing the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss to the cows.

“It’s pleasant for them, and for me, too, and it passes the day,” Sindlis told Yediot Achronot on Thursday. “It may be hard to prove scientifically, but the quantities of milk speak for themselves.”

Oboists, go here and then check out the recommended instruments. Gee, the professional level page seems to be missing just a few brands. Or more.

Hey … Woodwind Brasswind, you are somewhat incomplete, and you carry some brands that are pretty darn bad.

Note to buyers: you get what you pay for the majority of the time.

08. August 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: BQOD

In an orchestra, there are “numbered” designations for the hierarchy of musicians and their instruments. The best clarinet player is called “first clarinet,” the best oboist is called [omitted name here] (or “first oboe”) etc. The second “best” are called “second oboe,” and so on. Does this mean, in fact, that “third violin” plays “second fiddle” to the second fiddle?