06. January 2010 · Comments Off on Best Left Unsaid (or unwritten) · Categories: Ramble, Symphony

I just read a blog where the writer, an “keyboardist/associate conductor of the national tour (plus Tokyo)” of a show, wrote all about the English horn player messing up at a show. It was rather harsh. I was pretty amazed that someone would do that, and I hope, since I commented there, he’ll realize that anyone could read what he wrote, including that English horn player. Maybe he’ll remove the entry. Maybe he doesn’t care enough to bother. I dunno. But it seems entirely unkind to do such a thing. And no, I’m not going to put a link here. Although a part of me really wants to. (Who knows, maybe the English horn player even visits this blog … you never know!)

I know I am not completely blameless on this blog. I try very hard not to put anyone down (other than myself), but I do recall a conductor calling me on something I wrote once, and I took a blog entry down due to that. I really want this blog to be blameless, if you know what I mean.

In other news… we had our first rehearsals of 2010 for Symphony Silicon Valley. My mouth is tired! The works all have a good amount of notes for me, and I can tell I need to get some reed work done. I’m hopeful that that can happen before my four students tomorrow (followed by another symphony rehearsal). We’ll see. One of the works on the program is a world premiere, Gordon Lee’s “Young Impressions of the Old City”, and includes three Chinese instruments: pipa, erhu and sheng. I’m fascinated by these instruments, and I am enjoying learning a new work. Scheherazade is on this program, as I blogged earlier. I take back what I wrote, as I’m really enjoying the piece. Go figure! I think I enjoy what conductor Paul Polivnick does with it. And then there’s the Rossini overture to La Gazza Ladra. Whoa … what an incredibly fast tempo!

06. January 2010 · Comments Off on Uh-oh · Categories: Ouch!, Reviews

A pity, then, that finesse slipped a bit in the concert’s second half. Various ailments afflicted portions of Mozart’s Symphony No 29. The most virulent was the common peril of period instrument performances: sour intonation. Sometimes, in the middle movements, the exposed first oboe gave a reasonable impersonation of a chicken in pain.

Oh dear. Reviewers sometimes have a way with words, don’t they?

06. January 2010 · Comments Off on What Does OBOE Stand for? · Categories: Links, Oboe

I’ll bet you didn’t know this: One Bag One Earth

I discovered it here. And hey, I like some of those bags! 🙂

But what I really think they should do is make an oboe bag covered with … well of course … oboes. You know?

06. January 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

My first oboe lesson was great. What a funny instrument!