Posts for December 2010

December 22, 2010

December links digest

I try not to just dump lists of links very often, but here are a few fun items that didn’t warrant their own full posts: Flutists in the news: NASA astronaut Cady Coleman makes music in outer space. Artist Matthias Adolfsson proposes some new members of the woodwind family. Musicians can save the world, over ...

December 17, 2010

From WindWorks Design: Wind controller in a pit orchestra

Photo, mabel.sound “Gertjan” at the WindWorks Design blog posted some interesting comments about using a wind controller in a local production of Seussical the Musical. Gertjan (I wasn’t able to positively identify him from the WindWorks website, but maybe he will find his way here and let us know who he is) played saxophones in ...

December 13, 2010

Multiple woodwinds commission, sixth movement (multiple woodwinds or piccolo)

Photo, vpickering Dr. Sy Brandon has posted his work on the sixth and final movement of the Divertissement for multiple woodwinds soloist and piano. In some early communication, Dr. Brandon suggested that this movement, the “Galop,” be written for piccolo. I was happy with this idea, and even dusted off my piccolo to start getting ...

December 12, 2010

Conrad Asklund on finding woodwind doublers

Photo, davekellam From a blog post by musical director Conrad Asklund back in 2006: How do you find woodwind players that can each double on 4-5 instruments? You can’t—assuming you do not have a budget to hire session players (which really, only session or union players are going to be able to pull off all ...

December 9, 2010

Farewell: James Moody

Woodwind doubler and jazz great James Moody passed away today. James Moody was known for his saxophone (especially tenor) and flute playing. You can read the obituary from the San Diego Union-Tribune, but, if you’re like me, you might rather just watch this. I love the weirdly humorous but deeply respectful intro by none other ...

December 7, 2010

Multiple woodwinds commission, fifth movement (oboe)

Sy Brandon has shared his work on the fifth movement of Divertissement, the newly-commissioned piece for multiple woodwinds soloist with piano. This movement, “Romanza,” features the oboe, and completes the total count of five woodwind instruments. Dr. Brandon has indicated that there are six movements planned, and I know he has been toying with the ...

December 5, 2010

Introducing the Fingering diagram builder

I’m pleased to present something I’ve been working on, on and off, for a while now. I’m pretty excited about it, and I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think. This project developed from my own need to quickly and easily create fingering diagrams for the woodwind instruments that ...

December 4, 2010

Fingering chart for an imaginary woodwind

My woodwind methods class just took their last exam of the semester. During the past few weeks we have dealt with some of the issues of alternate fingerings—which clarinet pinky keys to use when, which oboe F fingering, and so on. My guess is that most of these students, who are in training to be ...

December 2, 2010

Multiple woodwinds commission, fourth movement (clarinet)

Sy Brandon has posted his work on the fourth movement of Divertissement, the new piece for multiple woodwinds soloist. The movement, “Marche” for clarinet and piano, is energetic and full of humor. You can take a peek at the score and hear a (synthesized) recording.
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