23. April 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Fun, Links

I hadn’t heard of the piano puzzler before. Listen to the piece. It’s in the style of a composer you are supposed to name (easy part, at least in this one), but it’s a song that has been put into that style and you are supposed to name the tune. Since I didn’t know what I was supposed to do I didn’t know I was supposed to be hearing a song. But I’m not sure I would have been able to name it even if I was given the instructions. After the piece is played you’ll hear the contestant, the pianist, and the radio host (?) and you’ll get the answer when the work is replayed a bit with the emphasis on the song.

23. April 2009 · Comments Off on Carmen Children’s Chorus · Categories: Opera, Videos

(Side note: our percussionist/personnel manager has a daughter in the chorus.)

… and now I must step away from the computer. I’m experiencing a bit of vertigo, which is something totally new to me. It makes reading somewhat unpleasant. I’m hoping I’ll be better by the time I have to dry my hair (right now I can’t manage to stand to do that) and teach a couple of students!

23. April 2009 · Comments Off on Carmen · Categories: Opera, Videos

This appears to be a legit video, as it’s up at Opera San José’s site. Nice!

23. April 2009 · Comments Off on Kinda Funny · Categories: Links, Ramble

Baroque classical music in the reading room can help improve radiologists work lives, potentially improving diagnostic efficiency and accuracy, according to a study performed by researchers at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA.

I think the “classical” could be left off above, you know? And of course I always hate calling all the music I do “classical” since to me that is about the classical era. But what to do? Can’t really figure out what else to call the stuff. So oh well.

I read the above here. Maybe it doesn’t bug other folks like it bugs me. I’m easily bugged.

23. April 2009 · Comments Off on MQOD via TQOD · Categories: TQOD

“.. a violin, can sound 50 diff ways: pizzicato, bowed, ponticello, harmonics & tremolos..an oboe:1 way: like an oboe.” John Corigliano

23. April 2009 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

Carmen was really pretty; the orchestra did a great job with the music but didn’t overwhelm the singers’ voices. The singers were well-cast and looked their parts – that is, no 300+ lb. singer pretending to be a starving gypsy or something like that! The sets were rather plain, just a couple of tall columns or rough rock formations, and the costumes weren’t too exciting, but they matched the story.

(Yes, this is about OSJ’s Carmen.)