Posts for August 2013

August 31, 2013

Favorite blog posts, August 2013

Read these excellent mostly-woodwind-related blog posts from the past month, and thank me later: Bassoonist David Wells shares and comments on early 20th-century recordings of the Weber Andante e Rondo Ongarese by William Gruner and Fer­nand Oubradous. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Catoe shares some clear thinking about teaching the concept of time signature. This will benefit even some of my ...

August 20, 2013

Interview: Jay Mason, saxophone and woodwind artist

One of the cool people I’ve come in contact with through this blog is Jay Mason, a very busy southern California woodwind player. If you’re a fan of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band (and you should be), you have heard Jay’s baritone anchoring the saxophone section. You may have also heard him on film scores ...

August 20, 2013

Faculty woodwinds recital, Aug. 27, 2013

Bret Pimentel, woodwinds Kumiko Shimizu, piano Nicole Davis, cello Works by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767) Faculty Recital Delta State University Department of Music Recital Hall, Bologna Performing Arts Center Tuesday, August 27, 2013 7:30 PM Program Sonata in A minor for oboe and basso continuo, TWV 41:a 3 (c. 1728) Siciliana Spirituoso Andante amabile Vivace Sonata ...

August 13, 2013

Required recordings, fall 2013

As you know, I require my university woodwind students (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone) to grow their personal listening libraries by a minimum of one recording per semester. Here are this semester’s picks. They are all available from Amazon on CD or MP3 or both (links provided), and also on iTunes. Carolyn Hove: English Horn & Oboe ...

August 9, 2013

Ask yourself these questions before becoming a woodwind doubler

For me, there was a point in my education and career when I decided that I was a woodwind doubler, or at least that I was going to be one. Prior to that decision, I had really identified as a saxophonist, or maybe a saxophonist who doubled a little on the side. If you are ...

August 6, 2013

Buying a new instrument for college-level study

If you are preparing to start a college music degree, you may need or want a new instrument. I strongly suggest that you contact your professor before making this purchase. Every professor is of course different, but here are some things that you are likely to discover in most cases: The professor will be happy and ...
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