(Posted EST since that’s where he resides and since Sunday is, for me, a music only blog day.)

The composer was born December 11, 1908 … he’s 103. According to Wikipedia “He has been extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100, and over 14 more since he turned 100 in 2008.”

What will you be doing between the ages of 90 and 100? If I’m still alive I will not be making reeds. I promise.

Part I

Part II

Part III

“I don’t feel that I have something I want to say in any ordinary way. I feel that in some submerged way there are many different things I would like to say but I don’t know what they are until I’ve gotten started.”

(Interesting. I like that! I’m reading a book of fiction right now about music and it’s so clearly agenda driven. I wonder — if the author had started out with the intention of just telling a story rather than trying to push his agenda perhaps the book might have been a bit better. Who knows?)

“… I’ve always loved so many kinds of music. Bach and Beethoven and Guillaume de Machaut and my music is somehow a thank you note to all that.”

“I hope I didn’t talk too much. I always talk to much.”

… but not for me!

Yep, that’s right folks — I’m not playing Nutcrackers this year. How ’bout that.

Still, I think it’s only right to feature various renditions of sections of the work. And I always want to do what is right! So here you go … rendition #1:

Nutcracker as Salsa

10. December 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

You know, things never change. If you’re going to get in shape, you have to practice EVERY day. Finally getting back to it. OUCH!!! But I’m going to stay with it this time. Really want to be able to make music on the oboe again!!

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Watching oboe videos on YouTube because I have no life.

10. December 2011 · Comments Off on Advent: Day 14 · Categories: Advent

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium
Quire Cleveland

In case you’ve missed earlier Advent posts:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13