17. September 2010 · Comments Off on Appearance and Hearing · Categories: Links

Four female musicians were filmed playing in three different outfits: a concert dress, jeans, and a nightclubbing dress. They were also all filmed as points of light, wearing a black tracksuit in the dark, so that the only thing to be seen – once the images had been treated – was the movement of some bright white tape attached to their joints.

RTWT. I’m not at all surprised with the outcome. I don’t believe it has to do with sexism and discrimination in that realm. I think it has more to do with how we hear when we also see the performer, be the performer male or female. (And maybe that’s what they were actually saying too … you know me and my skimming techniques!) I would have liked it if they then did this same experiment with male musicians, putting them in jeans, something hip, and a penguin suit.

I was watching E! True Hollywood Story’s episode on the Kardashians. At the end of the show, classical music with hip hop beats were played but I can’t seem to find this type of music online. Does anyone have any recommendations on finding classical pieces of Mozart or Beethoven (for example) mixed with modern hip hop or dance beats?

Well here ya go … not Mozart or Beethoven … but everyone’s favorite, Mr. Pachelbel:

As I was looking around I found something claiming to be Mozart + back beat … anyone have a problem with this? 😉

(Hint: Where do I begin ….)

17. September 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

does it mean im a bad oboe player when i blow a low note and my bunnies freak out

In any case, an improved synthetic reed and a better supply of natural reeds would do much to alleviate the anxieties of woodwind players. “By the time the 21st century rolls around,” says Casadonte, “hopefully woodwind players won’t still be sitting around coffee tables complaining about reeds all day.”

Sadly, the 21st century has rolled around, and improved synthetic reeds, for oboe at least, have not appeared. (I’ve heard that some clarinetists swear by them now … lucky folk!)

I read the above quote here. Check out the article. It really is rather interesting, even while it doesn’t make my reed issues any better.

Whew! I may continue to whine!

Digging out my oboe for a solo. Yikes bikes this should be interesting.

It’s not that people don’t like classical music. It’s that they don’t have the chance to understand and to experience it. Going to a concert can sometimes be very difficult. It can be a long journey. There’s the ticket prices. But when the music goes to the community – not the community coming to the concert – they say, ‘Wow! I didn’t know that this music was so amazing!’

“We have to go and show these people what classical music is. We say sometimes that classical music has a small audience, but it’s because people don’t have the chance to be closer to it. Of course, we also have to play in concert halls. This is our dream when you are a musician – to play in a good, comfortable hall with a wonderful acoustic. But it’s also important to bring these new audiences to concerts.

And later there’s this:

For Dudamel, the key is to approach everything as if for the first time. “You become a musician because you like music … but in time, when you have your job and you start to work every week, music becomes a routine. My job is to avoid this routine. The challenge is not so much to change the sound. The challenge is to connect and to create something special,” he says.

“Sometimes I say to orchestras, ‘Look, people are coming to concerts to listen but also to see what is happening on the stage.’ Because it’s so easy to enjoy music with a CD in your house. You can stop whenever you want. If you want to talk to somebody with your mobile or to drink a little glass of wine or a scotch.

“A concert, it’s like a ritual. But the ritual has sometimes become tired. And that is why, even for me sometimes, when I go to a concert, I think, ‘Oh my God, here we need something more!’ The musicians have to give something more. They don’t have to jump, they don’t have to scream, but they do have to communicate their feelings.”

Yes. Indeed!

And I’ll end with this:

“I was thinking just now of rehearsing the Alpine Symphony. That is a symphony with a huge orchestration, and it’s not true that less and less is more. I remember [Sir John] Barbirolli speaking about Jacqueline du Pré – a huge artist giving everything in every note – and he said, ‘If you don’t exaggerate when you are young, what will you have when you are old?’ “

But do go read the entire article!

17. September 2010 · Comments Off on First Listen: Hahn & Higdon · Categories: Listen, Videos

It’s Hilary Hahn playing Jennifer Higdon … oh and a bit ‘o Tchaikovsky too.

Check it out!

Here’s the press kit video for the recording: