Golden or silver plated key system on my new oboe? Silver is too main-stream yet gold is more profound. Difficult choice! #Classical
Although many musicians won’t admit it, there are conversations that go on between an instrumentalist and their instrument. Making all that beautiful music together requires the cooperation of both parties and there is always a subtle negotiation that goes on between them. For some instruments, these conversations are fairly straight-forward. For example, violinists have conversations that go like this:
VIOLINIST: I’d like to practice my orchestral part.
VIOLIN: Sounds good. Which page should we start on?
VIOLINIST: Page 7.
VIOLIN: Ready whenever you are, pal.
There are also instruments whose capabilities are so great that they start making suggestions:
PIANIST: I’d like to practice some Chopin.
PIANO: Wonderful! Etude or Nocturne?
PIANO: You know, we could also play Liszt or Brahms or Bach or Mozart or Tchaikovsky.
PIANIST: Let’s stick with Chopin
PIANO: Right, Chopin it is. Good call. How about some Schumann later?
And then there are those instruments that are just plain difficult. Before I moved to New York, I was a professional oboist. In many ways, an oboe player and their oboe are like a bad marriage. You put on a good face at parties and always appear to be in love when in public, but behind the scenes there is constant bickering and non-stop drama.
AARON: Shall we practice?
OBOE: Sorry, not now.
AARON: What? Why not?
OBOE: I don’t feel like it. Besides, it’s raining.
and listen …
Many thanks to Pam Hakl for this link, as well as the Cleveland at the Bar link. :-)
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But finally, a bit of advice from one person:
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
Henri Dutilleux, one of France’s leading modern composers, has died in Paris aged 97, his family has confirmed.
Born in Angers in 1916, he was a prolific composer of predominantly instrumental works, including symphonies and orchestral pieces.
His latest work, Correspondances, was recorded for the first time in January this year to celebrate his birthday.
Radio 3′s Tom Service said he composed music of “amazing sensual power”.
“Dutilleux’s exquisite catalogue of pieces is becoming, rightly, ever more popular with performers and listeners all over the world,” he added.
Concerto per Violino e Oboe, Johann Sebastian Bach provides 6:34 of relaxing music. Slow that crazy brain down.
i got a one on my oboe solo!!! that is the best grade u can get!!!
I love reading these happy Facebook posts!
(Very likely this is the last FBQD. :-(
(Sorry I forgot to post a TQOD yesterday, and sorrier still that FBQDs will stop soon unless the site I was using to find them returns properly. At the moment when I use it it only gives me posts that use “obo” … as in “or best offer”. Rats!)
And of course the one time I actually feel like being social, I have to go home for an oboe lesson. #justmyluck
Many thanks to my daughter Kelsey for bringing this to my attention!
Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with Touch Press proudly announce the release of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony App, available now on the App Store for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.
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Listening to myself play oboe… haven’t heard that in a long time.
I’m sorry I neglected to post anything today, but I guess we’ll just have a silent Sunday. It might even be that Sundays go silent for a while. It’s been rather difficult to keep up with oboeinsight.
I’m sorry to be so neglectful. :-(
I’m in a rock band with a 94 year old Oboe Player!!!
I hate when people call an oboe a flute… It obviously isn’t a flute it doesn’t sound like a pretty bird… It’s sounds like a sexy duck. I think my family is just use to me playing the flute. Watch, when I play flute again they are prolly going to call it an oboe–_–
There really needs to be a boy band of oboe players called “The Hautbois”.