Posts for July 2010

July 31, 2010

Peter Hilliard on contracting woodwind doublers

Photo, danifeb Peter Hilliard has a nice blog, Music Directing the School Musical. It doesn’t offer any information about who Peter Hilliard is (presumably this guy), not even contact information*. But he does seem to know a thing or two about putting on a musical, and, in a recent post, offers some advice about hiring ...

July 24, 2010

Flexible EWI fingerings

With traditional woodwind instruments, the fingers work together to change the effective length of the instrument’s body tube by opening and closing toneholes. Woodwind fingerings at their most basic use the fingers in sequence. For example, a certain note might be produced with an “open” fingering (all toneholes open). When the “first” finger (the one ...

July 17, 2010

Still going strong: Seymour “Red” Press

The Theater Development Fund‘s Stages blog has a nice little story on Seymour “Red” Press, a veteran Broadway woodwind doubler and contractor and an alumnus of Benny Goodman’s band. The cast of Chicago changes frequently, but if you listen to the orchestra behind the actors, then you’ll hear the same man night after night. Woodwinds player ...

July 15, 2010

Quick review: Bo-Pep Flute Finger Rest

the Bo-Pep Flute Finger Rest I’ve been working on my Taffanel and Gaubert this summer to shore up some aspects of my flute technique. The very methodical, repetitive nature of those etudes made me aware of some tension in my left hand. My hands are fairly large, and my hand was tending to collapse inward somewhat. For less than $8, ...

July 8, 2010

Petition: Ask the U.S. Congress to support better air travel for musicians

instrument cases Photo, nobleviola The American Federation of Musicians, the world’s largest organization promoting the interests of professional musicians, has put its support behind the U.S. Senate’s version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (S.1451). This bill seeks to overhaul many aspects of air travel, and the official summary includes this text: (Sec. 713) Requires an air carrier ...

July 5, 2010

Advice on writing for doublers

Manuscript score Photo, liza31337 I got an interesting question by email last week. I’m reprinting the message here, followed by the suggestions I sent in return (I’ve edited a bit). Hi Bret, I’m doing my first arrangement for a musical, which will be an amateur production. I’m going to be hiring players from amateur/student orchestras (university), or ...

July 1, 2010

B-flat and A clarinets: redundant?

I wrote this a few years back for a graduate school course. The professor, not a wind player, raised the question of why I limited the discussion to clarinets in B-flat and A, and ignored, for example, the C clarinet. The reason for this, which may not be obvious to a non-clarinetist, is that the ...
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