31. October 2010 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

William Byrd: Retire My Soul
Stile Antico

31. October 2010 · Comments Off on Sunday @ Noon · Categories: Sunday @ Noon Music

I Saw the Light / I’ll Fly Away
Instrumental performed by Cedar Creek

31. October 2010 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich, Conductor

In Te, Domine, Speravi

O Nata Lux
Veni, Sancte Spiritus

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on Caruso & the Quake · Categories: Books

Mexican tenor Ignacio Jarquin recreates Caruso as his trunk is stolen, as he avoids the bayonets of soldiers evacuating the streets and takes refuge in a city of tents in Golden Gate Park.

I read the above here*.

Interesting to read this, as I’m currently reading a wonderful book called Earthquake Days; The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire. I was reading Caruso’s account of the quake the other day. In it are Caruso’s own words from The Theatre Mazazine in which he says

“I watch those that have already arrived, and presently some one comes and tries to take my trunks, saying they are his. I say, “No, they are mine”; but he does not go away. Then a soldier comes up to me; I tell him that this man wants to take my trunks and that I am Caruso, the artist who sang in “Carmen” the night before. He remembers me and makes the man who takes an interest in my baggage “skiddoo,” as the Americans say.”

(From page 51 of the book.)

I HIGHLY recommend Earthquake Days: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire in 3-D to you. It’s excellent! It also just happens to be written by trumpeter David Burkhart, husband of a wonderful local oboist Deb Shidler. 🙂

*Link no longer working.

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: Double Reeds, For Your Listening Enjoyment

There are never too many double reeds … right?!

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

you cant look cool playing the oboe

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on Half Hole Roll · Categories: Technique

I’m so happy to see that Karen Birch Blundell has put up a video for the half hole rolling technique. As you might recall, I blogged earlier about the half hole, and avoiding the “half hole hop” no matter HOW you choose to maneuver from the key to the half hole. Here’s what Karen says:

I think if you were to look at my index finger you would see that it’s not completely on the key. Instead it’s sort of between the key and the little ledge to open up that half hole. This allows me to uncover and cover very easily. Give it a go!

(Karen, I tried to leave a comment at the YouTube page, but couldn’t for some reason. Weird. Here’s what I wrote:

Heh … when I arrived at your video Cynthia Watson’s popped up on the left! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqTD_8ZQez4

I’m a roller as well, and I promote that with my students. I find that the sliding technique tends to make the entire (or close to entire) hand move, while the rolling technique involves only the index finger. I was talking to a colleague about this and her response was, “Whatever works best!” I suppose that’s the truth of it, eh?)

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

“Andrew, if you can’t handle a woman conductor, maybe you should play your oboe for a different orchestra, hm?”

29. October 2010 · Comments Off on Liang Wang On Reeds · Categories: Reed Making

“To make a good oboe reed, first, it’s a sharp knife, second it’s a sharp knife and third it’s a sharp knife. Therefore I’m extremely conscientious with how sharp my knife is. Usually if I do have a sharp knife I know the reed is probably going to be okay.”

And did you hear that high C? I’m not talkin’ the high C we all play … but higher.

29. October 2010 · Comments Off on BQOD · Categories: BQOD

Do You Think The Menacing Oboe Made The Movie Jaws, Or The Complete Absense Of Mechanical Shark In Da Making?