20. April 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Quotes

What depresses me is the way that classical music is constantly chasing after techniques of the pop sector, and ending up, like a paunchy middle-aged man squeezing himself into a pair of tight blue jeans, looking a bit silly and terminally uncool. The interesting kids I know today with open musical minds aren’t the slightest bit interested in the charts: they have the confidence to listen to what they like and explore without reference to such crude and naff indicators as “the Top 20” – something they rightly think of as granddad culture.

Why can’t classical music learn something from that confidence in one’s own taste? Why must it jump up and down and dress itself up and pretend to be what is isn’t? Why can’t it stand aside from hype and ephemera and the silly business of judging success by numbers, and instead focus on its deepest strength – feeding a deep and serious appetite for art in which quality isn’t judged by its place in a weekly sales list?

-Rupert Christianson



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

Well, at least I practiced my oboe for the first time in 80+ years…

20. April 2010 · Comments Off on Lenny Gets Funny · Categories: Opera, Videos

Many thanks to David Mankin for this!

20. April 2010 · Comments Off on The Oboe in Pop & Rock · Categories: Oboe, Other People's Words

The oboe was used in mainstream music throughout the 1960’s, and then in the 70’s and 80’s things got a little weird. The oboe was still used in some pop music, but in the rock genre the use of the oboe only seems to aggravate the ridiculousness inherent in new wave and glam rock.

You can see the entire slide presentation here. And you can see some pretty crazy looking people, too.

Love the green outfit:

Here’s another band (Japan) using oboe (at 1:44 if you want to skip the rest):

Man … coulda been a rock star.

Or. Um. Not. I look bad in that shade of green anyway.

20. April 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos

Camerata Pacifica — Beethoven, Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 16, 2nd movement