06. April 2010 · 5 comments · Categories: Videos

Gabriel’s Oboe hasn’t been played quite this way before. Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba and … um … I’m not sure what the double reed instrument even is. Hmmm.:

The group “Germá Quartet in a different form (no double reed this time):

Unusual, yes?

And here’s the more usual version of Gabriel’s Oboe:

06. April 2010 · 8 comments · Categories: Quotes

When I go to the theatre or the opera or the ballet or a concert, I most emphatically do not want to see performers who are just like anyone else. I want to see and hear artists who represent the best in their field, I want to be wowed by tremendous performances, to be moved. I don’t want ordinary; I want extraordinary. And I don’t particularly want the performers breaking the fourth wall with a view to showing me how “ordinary” they really are or to tell me what it all means to them. That would spoil the magic. With good reason we never ask this of other artists in the performing arts (the dancers, the singers, the actors), but it’s continually being suggested of classical musicians that they should do this – in performances.

-Yvonne Frindle

RTWT (I think it’s worth it.)

06. April 2010 · Comments Off on That Horrible Classical Music! · Categories: Links

6. Horrible Hold Music
If you’ve ever spent some time on hold with the IRS, you’ve probably been subjected to some pretty lame music. OK, so this may not be the worst tax nightmare, but the experience can be acutely painful for those who don’t enjoy classical music.

“If you have ever called the IRS, you know they love their classical music,” says Deutch. “You probably also know that they seem to have a very limited collection, because the same songs seem to rotate over and over again. Because of the IRS wait times, you will probably know these by heart.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/04/05/investopedia43209.DTL#ixzz0kG2WNyvo

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06. April 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

just found my old Oboe reeds… ah memories…

I love ’em, actually. Because so often there is truth there in some exaggerated form. Besides, it’s fun to laugh at myself!

The oboist is often very quiet and in control. But you have to watch out for them because they like power. Before every rehearsal and concert, the orchestra needs to tune. And who do they tune to? No, not the concert master…the oboist. The oboist controls how the orchestra will sound throughout the entire piece. Oboists are crafty and sneaky. They want power, but they know how to make it look like they are not after power.

I read it, and more, here.