27. March 2013 · Comments Off on I’ve not seen Emerson without Mitchell in Eons! :-) · Categories: Emailed To Me

I received this in my email inbox today. Rather than spending time posting it in any other form, I’m just cutting and pasting:

Dear Ms. Emerson,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Philadelphia International Music Festival, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. PIMF offers a series of classical music programming to students of all ages and skill levels in the United States and around the world, creating the unique opportunity of spending fourteen days immersed in music education & performance with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.

We are hoping you will consider posting a description of our dynamic summer music programming for your readers that may be searching for an appropriate summer music festival for themselves, their children, or their students. Based on the content of your blog, we feel that our organization may be of high interest to your readers therefore adding additional value to your blog content (which already boasts outstanding information!)

The following is our recommended description:
The Philadelphia International Music Festival, featuring members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, includes four program options: orchestral studies, solo performance studies, college audition preparation, and piano studies (information available at: www.PhiladelphiaMusicFestival.org/about), as well as a separate program for college students and young professionals (information available at: www.PhiladelphiaMusicFestival.org/musichouse). All programs include private lessons and master classes with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra (including principal players), solo performance and competition opportunities, chamber music, daily private practice, optional daily music study courses, faculty recitals featuring principal players from The Philadelphia Orchestra, and more. Contact our office for further details at: 856.875.6816

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Enthusiastically Yours,

27. March 2013 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Just saw the most complex Oboe performance of my life. They breath in through nose while playing and I still don’t know how that’s possible!!!!!

27. March 2013 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

“Bassoon and oboe are the same thing right?”

MMost woodwind players would be surprised if you asked them whether the material from which their instrument is made affects its sound. Certainly!—most would reply. An inexpensive nickel-plated flute has a tone lacking in character and brilliance, but a fine silver flute sounds, well, silvery! It has a tone that sparkles, that sings, that carries to the back of the concert hall. The most discriminating flutists might opt for the more luxuriant timbres of white, yellow, or rose gold, or even the rare and weighty quality of platinum.

And any self-respecting oboist or clarinetist would refuse to even consider an instrument made of lifeless black plastic. Only the finest aged African blackwood can provide the dark, rich, woody tone that a true artist requires. Bassoonists likewise insist upon bassoons made from the best maple, and preferably treated with a secret-formula varnish, which, like that of the famous Stradivarius violins, is rumored to impart a special vividness and resonance to the instrument’s sound.