Sonnet Movement No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Yep. A Saint-Saëns sonnet. Cool! Not sure if it was Shakespearean, Spenserian or Petrarchan, though.

A Saint-Saëns Sonnet

I think to play a sonnet by Saint-Saëns
would be a thing I wouldn’t find too rough.
It’s easier than writing one because
to rhyme with that composer’s name is tough!

But since I thought the challenge was to hard
I had to go ahead and try the task.
I’ll bravely go ahead, let down my guard,
but please don’t laugh! (Is that too much to ask?)

Eight lines are done, I’ve only six to go.
And now it’s nine so surely I’m on track
to finish this, but I can tell, you know,
that you are laughing right behind my back.

Okay, this wasn’t easy but I’m done.
I’m gonna dump this sonnet here and run.

You could easily fault him for those qualities, but in interviews Sting has made it clear that he is aware of his shortcomings. And he has discussed Dowland’s songs, and other classical works, with a passion that shows that his heart is in the right place: he loves this music and wants people to hear it.

I’m really not sure what I think about this. Part of me is frustrated with the whole “heart is in the right place” thing. Maybe because I used to hear that a lot in church when someone would play an instrument very poorly. We were no to say anything negative because, after all, “his heart is in the right place.”

Is that enough?

At the same time, any time a pop star is bringing classical music to the general public’s attention, I’m sort of excited. Of course it can backfire; when Baz Luhrmann brought La Boheme to the masses, a ton of opera experts got huffy and looked at the whole thing with disdain.

I don’t want to become that person.

But I still think things should be done well. Pop stars who cross over need to understand the art form, and classical stars who go the other direction need to understand whatever genre they are attempting to jump into. Having good intentions isn’t enough. Or is it?

That being said, the article from which I pulled the quote above is actually about something else: Sting’s involvement in a production “Twin Sprits”, a production that involves not only Sting, but his wife, actress Trudie Styler. But there are some more rather significant names as well that are involved in this: actor David Strathairn, pianists Jeremy Denk and Natasha Paremski, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Nina Kotova, baritone Nathan Gunn and soprano Camille Zamora.

I’d have loved to have been in the audience for this. I hope it’s been recorded!

01. July 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Going to the dentist today then Oboe. I hope they numb me becuase i had so much homework in oboe and i didn’t get it all perfect to her standerards.

01. July 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

7:43 is that an english horn?? i play that

(Note: Rufus Olivier is the bassoonist for this movie.)

01. July 2010 · Comments Off on Musical Cheese? · Categories: Links

Or at least musical names for cheese. I don’t know if she has an “oboe” cheese though. I’m not even sure if it would be a good thing to name a cheese “oboe”. Hmmm.

Scanlan handpicks the chefs she works with, and develops an intimate relationship with them while designing cheese for their menus. She even allows some chefs to name “their cheeses.” Award winning chef Corey Lee, former chef du cuisine at French Laundry, dubbed a silky goat cheese, covered in vegetable ash, Cavatina. It’s a musical term referring to a simple, melodious song, and the name fits Scanlan’s penchant for using musical inspiration to name her cheeses.

Scanlan spends every waking hour listening to classical music as she makes her cheeses. As Scanlan breathes in the melodies, she waits to be struck by the appropriate mood and tone to describe the cheese in progress — Piccolo, for example, or Minuet.

“Each cheese,” she says, “has a very personal memory for me.”

As for her company’s name, andante is the musical tempo that correlates roughly to the speed of a walk — the moderated pace at which fine cheese should be made.


01. July 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Beginning oboist at our house has revealed that the oboe was once called the hautbois, also musette pipe, shawm and heckelphone.