28. February 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I don’t think criticism should pretend any longer, if it ever did, that the critic represents the voice of truth.

-Anne Midgette

I read it here.

I wish the general public understood this!

28. February 2011 · Comments Off on Piazzolla Bassoons · Categories: Bassoon, For Your Listening Enjoyment, Videos · Tags: ,

Astor Piazzolla-Tango Suite
arr. Fraser Jackson
Harlequin Quartet

28. February 2011 · Comments Off on Oboe Outside My Little World · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

… and the Monkees! Cool!


28. February 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Dress rehearsal of insane oboe sonata tomorrow. Maslanka should only be reserved for weekdays…

28. February 2011 · Comments Off on Music & The Brain · Categories: Read Online

More than 20 students donated their brains to science for a day to help unravel its structure by listening to classical music.
Over the past decade, the Music Dynamics Lab on the Boca campus has been using an fMRI machine — a huge magnet that uses radio-frequency radiation to create images of the body — to peek inside FAU students’ brains while making them listen to Chopin. They used the results to try to determine how music affects the brain.

The start of this article cracked me up. Notice that the writer used “making them” rather than “letting them” or “having them”. So it did make me laugh.

It goes on:

The research team, led by psychology professor Ed Large, developed a new method for studying human emotions last year by looking at what music does to your brain, while you’re listening to it and long-term.
Until now, emotion research has tended to only allow scientists to show subjects single pictures, but the FAU researchers created a way to use long samples of music while analyzing their brains.

So check out the rest of the article. It’s interesting! At least my brain thinks so.

28. February 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

Two for one today, when someone is advising another person on an instrument to choose:

Not oboe – too much back pressure. (turns ’em all loony). Did you learn an instrument?

followed by:

Er, I’m sure it’s only playing oboe for longer than 4 yrs that sends you loony.

28. February 2011 · Comments Off on Is This Just A Lame Viola Joke? · Categories: Read Online

Read on Craigslist:

I am looking for a full-size viola, bow, and case in exchange for a unused clementine colored standing mixer and unused clementine colored hand mixer.

28. February 2011 · Comments Off on California State Honor Band, 2012 · Categories: Announcements, Auditions

The convention is scheduled for February 17-20, 2012. Repertoire audition information is now available!. Below is the information for oboists:

Sonata in G Minor from Tafelmusik, G.P. Telemann, ed. Bergmann-(Schott)
II. Presto: Beginning to beat 3 in m. 36
III. Andante: All
IV. Allegro: m. 27 to End (take 2nd ending)

ENGLISH HORN Etude #39 from Ferling 48 Famous Studies (Southern)
*Note: Students auditioning on English Horn must play the required scales and submit a complete Oboe audition

Andante and Allegro, J.B. Loeillet
from Concert & Contest Collection (if you want the piano part as well go here)
Compiled and Edited by H. Voxman (Rubank)
All (no repeat

Too darn wonderful! Sorry I can’t see how to put the translation there … when I watched it on Facebook there was a place to click and then the English translation was below. But you get the idea just from watching, I’m sure!