I have a few students who have been working on this, so perhaps one or two will check this out. (I only know of one student who actually reads this blog, though. Hmm.)

12. October 2009 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

There is something quote refreshing about the fact that a staging as characterful as Jonathan Miller’s 27-year-old “New York Mafia” Rigoletto is the nearest thing to a warhorse that ENO has in its repertoire.

I love myself some refreshing quotes now and then.

I read it here, but I’m betting it gets fixed somewhat quickly.

12. October 2009 · Comments Off on Purchasing Music · Categories: Music & Books, Videos

I require that my students use hard copies of music rather than copies. I’m mean that way. The only time I don’t require that is when a work is no longer under copyright and you can find it online. Legally.

When it’s a contemporary work I absolutely demand that the player has a purchased part. Like I said, I’m mean that way. 😉

I just purchased (finally) “Four Figment Fragments” by Nick Sibicky. I had seen (and heard) the work on YouTube quite some time ago, and one of the oboists who played, Jennifer Bernard, then sent me the information about how to contact Nick. I had neglected to contact him until now. Well … the duo has been ordered and I’m looking forward to playing it. (It might be a good piece for one of my student’s UCSC recital, in fact.) Here … have another listen:

Support Your Living Composers! 🙂

What I have to do as a musician is do everything that is not on the music.

Oh please watch … and listen …

Music really is our daily medicine … I say music but actually I mean sound …

For those of you unfamiliar with Evelyn Glennie, she is deaf. She is a musician. And I’m simply blown away by her playing, and by her thinking as well.

… oh! And she makes jewelery too. I know a number of musicians who make jewelery. (I actually did this at one point.) I think we just love creativity and can’t stop!

This past week was very insightful for me. Anyone who reads this blog all the time knows I suffered from some hearing loss last spring. The loss is only with the left ear, and isn’t complete, but it’s what the doctor called “significant”. Since that loss I hadn’t played English horn. So when I played on stage for the first time this past week I learned something; the hearing loss affects my English horn hearing more than my oboe hearing. I was nearly in tears. It all seemed so different to me. I even thought, “Is it time to hang it all up?” But no … I am not at all ready to do that. I had to learn (and thank you “patti with an i” for this!) to trust my body — to trust what I already know — and to believe that I could still play the horn. The next rehearsal felt better. (Encouragement from my colleagues helped immensely.) And the concerts felt very good.

The way Evelyn Glennie plays is just amazing to me. I hope you enjoy the video! There were moments that made me cry.

12. October 2009 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Pulled the oboe out today. Played for about a half hour. My playing is rusty.

12. October 2009 · Comments Off on Music Intelligence …? · Categories: Links

There’s a software program that apparently picks hits. So if you have a tune, give it a go and see if you’ll go platinum.

Or just scoff. Like I do. It’s easier to scoff that write a song, after all. But I also happen to think that there’s more to music than an algorithm. Call me silly. (Shall I plug the last movement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite in? Well, yeah, it’s not really a song … and I’m just being snobby. Like usual.)


If you go here you may, for $90, find out if you have a hit on your hands.

Or you can just ask me. I won’t charge a penny. But of course I am an oboist/English hornist, not a pop expert. Still, don’t you like my price better?

Read it here.