16. February 2010 · Comments Off on A New Elliott Carter Work · Categories: New Work

“Nine by Five” is named for a technical detail that appealed to Mr. Carter as an engine for this score. He wanted to take advantage of the instrumental doublings that wind players typically handle. So the flutist, Carol Wincenc, also played the piccolo; Mr. Neidich used two kinds of clarinet; Stephen Taylor doubled on oboe and English horn, and Marc Goldberg switched between bassoon and contrabassoon. The hornist, William Purvis, had no natural doubling (though he played with and without a mute); so all told, the five musicians played nine instruments.


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

I should’ve been an oboist, with lung capacity like this http://yfrog.com/3lwrlxj

16. February 2010 · Comments Off on Fun Stuff · Categories: Fun, Videos

I’d love to know the story behind this group!!

Charleston, anyone?


… and ain’t she sweet?

16. February 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: BQOD

There’s always a place for the E-flat clarinet. Nobody wants it, because it doesn’t work. It’s something like a French horn — excuse me, a horn, you don’t call it a French horn — because if you hit a note hard, it tends to shatter. With the E-flat clarinet it’s a double-reed. It’s like blowing — playing through a straw.

16. February 2010 · Comments Off on The Pope’s Approved Pop Music · Categories: News

So many records, so little time. But the Vatican can help. The official newspaper of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, has published what it called a “semi-serious” guide to the Top 10 pop albums of all time. In first place was the Beatles’ “Revolver.”

You know you wanna see the rest of the list. (Poor Dylan.)