03. August 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

If an oboe is featured, the piece could be called “Armageddon” and it would still sound pastoral.

03. August 2011 · Comments Off on How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? · Categories: Havin' Fun

Well, mostly you just save up some money and rent a hall, or you go with your high school group, but this is pretty funny. 😉

03. August 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: Piffero · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

The piffero is from Italy. You also hear the müsa here … I think!

…if there is one person you desperately want on board of a major opera company it’s a competent Music Director. Why? Because everyone else – and I mean the singers, the stage director, the impresarios, the backstage director, whomever – are all completely nuts. Anyone who has ever spent time in the opera world will (or should) readily admit that it’s a loony bin. All the crazies seem to gravitate towards opera, probably because of the sheer spectacle of it all. Outsized spectacle attract outsized egos. All those stories you’ve heard about opera stars or crazy goings-on backstage? They are ALL true.”

-Bill Eddins



And here is the article about New York City Opera bagging the music director position.

03. August 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

lovely bit of oboe there (says the failed oboist) #bbcproms

03. August 2011 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

I always love listening to this group.

Here’s what’s written in the Info box at YouTube:

Carion performs three movements from Eurico Carrapatoso’s Cinco Elegias, op. 11 (1997). Each movement is an elegy for a different composer, and the movements/composers presented here is Germaine Tailleferre, Oliver Messian & Igor Stravinsky. The complete work and many others can be found on our upcoming CD release. Enjoy.