Posts for January 2009

January 26, 2009

Bassoon as a double

I’d like to say up front that I really love the bassoon. I do. The bassoon was the last of the major woodwinds that I added to my arsenal. Looking at it from a strictly pragmatic standpoint, I think that was the right choice for me, and would be for most doublers. Let’s face it: ...

January 26, 2009

DRQOD: Ghandarvas and powdered wigs

I always enjoy Patty Mitchell’s “BQOD” (Blog Quotes Of the Day) over at oboeinsight. I’m in the thick of dissertation writing these days (technically, it’s “doctoral document” writing, since I’m working on a DMA, not a PhD), and this morning I ran across a couple of items that won’t make it into the finished product ...

January 18, 2009

Flutist spotlight: Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who heroically piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe emergency landing in the Hudson river, was first-chair flutist in his high school marching band, according to the New York Times.

January 11, 2009

Just like tying my shoes

I like to use shoe tying in my teaching, as an example of what regular practicing—even just a few minutes every day—can and should accomplish. Playing a woodwind instrument involves a number of complex physical actions: coordinated finger movements, a delicately balanced embouchure, well-timed breathing, and more. And musicians mostly need to execute these physical ...

January 7, 2009

More woodwind blogs

I’ve added a number of new woodwind-related blogs to my blogroll (to your right). All are blogs that I read regularly. If you don’t already use a feed reader, I suggest you check out Google Reader for keeping track of all your favorite blogs in one place. The new ones as of this update are:

January 6, 2009

Mario Rivera (1939-2007): Latin saxophone and flute

I recently got a copy of the 1984 Tito Puente disc El Rey. I’m sorry to say I wasn’t familiar with the names of any of the other musicians on the album—everyone sounds absolutely incredible—but I was blown away by the flute and tenor playing of Mario Rivera. A quick Google search later and I ...

January 3, 2009

Free download: New orchestration of the Creston saxophone sonata

Italian pianist Marco Ciccone has done a new orchestral transcription of the Paul Creston saxophone sonata. I haven’t heard it, but I got email from Mr. Ciccone about it and thought I would pass the word along. The score and parts (you have to provide your own saxophone part) are available here in PDF format, ...
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