12. November 2010 · Comments Off on Henryk Gorecki 1933-2010 · Categories: Losses

I just read that composer Henryk Gorecki has died.

I’ll add articles as I find them:

New York Times article
Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington Remembers Henryk Gorecki
Tom Service of The Guardian
Winnipeg Free Press

A sampling of his work:

12. November 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

My oboe finally sounds like an oboe! And after 10 months worth of lessons as well, HOORAY!!!!! 😀

Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony has an oboe solo in the second movement that nobody seems to play just right. It’s annoying.

(Not sure what this guy is talking about; I’ve heard it played beautifully!)

Chicago Symphony:

Vienna Philharmonic:

… anyone have a fave out there in VideoLand you want to share?

12. November 2010 · Comments Off on You Can’t Play That! · Categories: Asked Online, Oboe

Read online:

What physical traits make it easy for someone to play oboe?

I’m joining middle School Band this year, but first I have to go through mouth piece testing. You might know what it is, but just in case you don’t mouth piece testing is where they have professionals from each brass or woodwind instrument come to the school and get people to do things or look for traits that a person has that would make it easier for them to play that instrument (like try to keep a beat for percussion, see if they have a hangover on their lip etc.) And I really want to play oboe, but I don’t know what I’ll get a high score for in mouth piece testing. So what kind of traits make it easy for someone to play oboe? I know you have to kinda tuck your lips into your mouth, and I don’t have braces so it won’t hurt to do that. What other things like that would make me get a higher score for oboe?

I refuse to believe someone can’t play oboe because of some sort of mouth issues. I’ve heard people say this before. I’ve read that “people with big lips can’t play trumpet”, too. Rigggghhhht.

Now hand issues might be a problem; the spread between fingers is a bit larger than for some instruments. But I’ve yet to turn away a student for hand issues. (I will say, though, that I don’t accept students who don’t already read music. I know some oboe instructors do, but I prefer not having to tackle music reading along with everything else.)

What do you really really really need to play oboe? A desire to play it. Diligence. Patience. Money. (Sorry, but it’s true … you have to think about those costly reeds!) A decent oboe. And #1? An oboe instructor.


12. November 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

And the answer is, the arts are important. I remind people that civilizations are not remembered by their business people, bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by the arts, whether it’s architecture, whether it’s the visual arts, performing arts and the like.

-Eli Broad

I read it here.

12. November 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

Omg! I’m playing with an oboe who is flat, and a piano that is sharp! >:(

But some oboe players will!

This was just posted recently. If you want to see the entire thing and live in near Rice, here’s some info:

WindSync’s production of selections from West Side Story, arranged by Tracy Jacobson and Kevin Pearl. To see the full production, our concert will be December 5, Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University, Houston TX. Please look at our website for booking info. www.windsync.weebly.com