04. September 2008 · Comments Off on Huff Puff? · Categories: Links, Oboe Recital

Anyone in Clarion, Pennsylvania? I just found this announcement:

It’s always a pleasure to have a faculty recital presented on campus. The students, who see the faculty principally in the classroom or directing an ensemble, get a chance to hear them perform (I don’t think they count the number of mistakes made their teachers make, but you can never be sure!)

This Sunday, September 7 at 3:15 p.m. in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium, Dr. Brent Register, professor of music and Assistant Director of the Clarion University Honors Program, will be presenting an oboe recital titled “Favorite (Huff) Oboe (Puff Puff) Concerti.” The premise or the recital is the recreation of a treasured oboe recording (on LP) that Dr. Register listened to frequently as while he was as a young oboist in middle and high school. Register states

“In my quest to discover more about the oboe, I went to a local department store and, lo and behold, there was an album…of oboe music. I can distinctly the cover. It was a cartoon figure of someone playig the oboe, with puffed cheeks, and had the title “Favorite (Huff) Oboe (Puff Puff) Concerti.”I have since learned the true sense of the huffing and puffing.”

The album – and this recital – includes the Concerto for Oboe in D. minor, Op. 9, No. 2 by Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), the Concerto for Oboe in C minor by Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750), the Concerto for Oboe in G minor by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), and the Concerto for Oboe in C minor by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801).

Assisting Dr. Register will be Brian Dunn, organ, Paula Amrod, piano, and Trina Gallup, bassoon.

The concert is free and open to the public. Contact the Department of Music at 814-393-2287 for more information.

I never feel as if I’m huffing and puffing, do you? But I do believe I have this same record somewhere in my stack of oboe records.

And I DO think students count their teacher’s mistakes. I think they love do hear us make mistakes. And I even had one student (many years ago, and a not-terribly-good oboist) come up to me and critique my playing, comparing it to what he did. Really. But he’s no longer playing. I am. So there.

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