15. September 2010 · Comments Off on Gotta Love Villa-Lobos! · Categories: Read Online, Videos

Too funny:

We ran through his “Quintette En forme de choros,” written in 1928, as well as a trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon and a quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, with difficulty, as especially the quintet is not something to sit down and just read. At the end of the evening, I approached Maestro Villa-Lobos and told him how much we enjoyed his work, and that these days we were playing with French horn, not English horn, in our woodwind quintets. I asked him, “What is the possibility of your writing a work for that combination?” He replied, “I’ll think about it.”

Six months later, his publisher called me and told me that the Maestro had written such a quintet, and he wanted to send it to me. When I received it, I realized that he had taken the English horn part from the 1928 quintet, and at the top of the music, crossed out “English horn” and wrote in “French horn.”

RTWT. This blogger, Melvin Kaplan, is new to me. I’m looking forward to reading more from him!

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