08. February 2010 · Comments Off on I Had Wondered … · Categories: News, Videos

Last week I ran across a video of a protest at a concert of the touring Tehran Symphony Orchestra. I didn’t know the story behind it, and at that point the video didn’t tell me enough to fully understand. But I just ran across and article that explains:

I counted maybe 300 people in an auditorium built for well over a thousand. More than a few of those who came beat a hasty retreat after the music started, including a young Swiss composer and his German date, who, when I asked what they were doing there, said they had landed tickets at the last minute from the tourist office after pleading that they hadn’t anything better to do with themselves that night. They knew nothing about the music or musicians. (Iranian organizers didn’t distribute programs.) Less than a half-hour into the symphony the couple sheepishly snuck out.

Who could blame them? At the end protesters took to the stage, announcing (in Persian) that the bouquets of flowers they carried and then gravely laid on the conductor’s podium were to honor the recently executed dissidents in Iran. The players and singers swiftly hustled into the wings.

08. February 2010 · Comments Off on Yet Another Yahoo Question · Categories: Yahoo! Answers

I play the oboe. Should I switch to the french horn?
My brother plays the french horn, and I really like the sound and the repertoire, so I was wondering if it would be the best to switch. I am really good at the oboe, especialy the second and third movements of mozart’s oboe concerto, so mabey I should keep it up as well.

You can answer here.

08. February 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

My biggest regret is giving up a free ticket to see Heinz Holliger, then one of the best oboists in the world, to go to my host sister’s birthday party, because I thought the boy I liked and was sort-of-going-out-with would be there. He wasn’t, I had a pretty ordinary time, and I should totally have gone to see the oboist. Blergh.

08. February 2010 · Comments Off on I Only Know The Last · Categories: Links, Listen

… off the top of my head, and not listening to each entire clip. (The last is easy to name after the first chord, really.) You can enter a contest:

Name the composers of the following five fragments before 28th of February. If you answer all five questions correctly you have a chance to win one of the five MonteVerdi Media All Access passes! With this pass you are entitled to watch the whole MonteVerdi Media online Video on Demand catalog for free for a period of three months!

I’m going to guess readers are much better at this game than I!

08. February 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

still cannot forget how great the feeling was to play Dovrak 8th with my bell right behind an oboist head

08. February 2010 · Comments Off on Bye Bye, Mozart Effect …? · Categories: Links

… not that I ever really fell for that. I do believe that learning music reading helps our brains. I do believe that playing music uses our brains in great ways (we do a whole lot of things at once when we are playing). I do believe that listening to music is good for us. But I didn’t ever think that it was all about Mozart. And now? Read this:

The study found that children’s brainpower is boosted more by music they like than by apparently more complex classical music.

… and they like “Blur”. (Never heard of ’em. No surprise, eh?)