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Practicing Musings

As I’m slowly getting my oboe embouchure back to what it was in college, I’ve been playing through a bunch of pieces that I worked on during my time at St. 454 more words


Alexander Brott was a composer to contend with

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Brott – conductor, violinist, teacher, composer, composer, composer, composer. Not necessarily in that order.

I thought I should make that point right away. 947 more words


Wind Bashing Apology Post

Last week in a February funk I behaved snarkily to the wind quintet combination.   I said they were only tolerable in the springtime along with all the other chirpy things, and I may have compared them to a screaming toddler.   1,968 more words


Leitmotif in Mahler's Ninth Symphony

When I was 17 my family moved to Claremont, California, and I had the good fortune to meet and study piano with Gary Davenport, a Juilliard graduate who had recently returned home after many years in New York.   2,803 more words

Classical Music

Music review: OSO rises to occasion for ailing director

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
at Southam Hall
Reviewed Monday night

Monday night’s Ottawa Symphony Orchestra concert opened with the announcement that music director David Currie would not be on the podium. 421 more words

Local Arts

Classical music review: Claude Vivier's Hiérophanie is madness at its best

The main challenge for a critic attending the North American premiere Saturday of Claude Vivier’s Hiérophanie — a work of 1970 and the first flowering of the late composer’s creative energies — was not assessing and appreciating its various theatrical and musical elements but describing them without making the 43-minute piece for 11 instrumentalists and soprano seem completely ludicrous. 534 more words