Figuring Out What Bach Wanted

This is an older article I starred in Google Reader. From the Wall Street Journal:

Gonzalo Ruiz is always on the lookout for another piece to add to his repertoire. Because he’d already mastered most of the finest Baroque music composed for oboe, Mr. Ruiz—a faculty member at New York’s Juilliard School and one of today’s most sought-after woodwind soloists—decided to look through J.S. Bach’s music for pieces originally featuring other instruments to transcribe into new versions showcasing his oboe. In the flexible practices of the 18th century, flutes were often substituted for oboes—Mozart himself once tried to pass off a rewritten oboe concerto as a “new” flute concerto—so Mr. Ruiz turned to Bach’s flute literature, which led him directly to one of the most famous flute-centric works in classical music, “Orchestral Suite No. 2.” How would it sound, he wondered, if transposed to an oboe-friendlier key?

Great read.

Goossen’s Concerto Backgrounds

I was really surprised that the Goossen’s Concerto was not out in some sort of Music Minus One format. Or in smart music. Or…..anywhere. So, I did my own version. There are some drum clicks to sorta cue you in to when you are supposed to come in on one file, and the other is the same except minus the drum clicks.

Enjoy.

  Goossen's Concerto Piano Part (with drum clicks) (11.9 MiB, 17 hits)
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  Goossen's Concerto Piano Part (without drum clicks) (11.0 MiB, 12 hits)
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UPDATE 05/15/10: There was some measure missing before H in the original backgrounds. That has been fixed. Enjoy.

Bolling Suite 2 For Oboe

The second Bolling suite, re-arranged for Oboe.

  Affectueuse (82.4 KiB, 61 hits)
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  Amoureuse (106.2 KiB, 33 hits)
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  Entr Amis (145.5 KiB, 32 hits)
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  Espiegle (164.4 KiB, 30 hits)
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  Intime (104.6 KiB, 27 hits)
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  Jazzy (135.1 KiB, 75 hits)
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  Pastorale (144.6 KiB, 27 hits)
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Bolling Suite For….Oboe?

The Bolling Suite for flute…..modified for Oboe. Enjoy.

  Baroque And Blue (126.7 KiB, 117 hits)
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  Irlandaise (63.9 KiB, 67 hits)
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  Irlandaise (English Horn) (66.3 KiB, 31 hits)
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  Javanaise (120.3 KiB, 60 hits)
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  Sentimentale (106.5 KiB, 64 hits)
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  Versatile (113.2 KiB, 46 hits)
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  Versatile (105.1 KiB, 28 hits)
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  Veloce (103.4 KiB, 40 hits)
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  Fugace (105.4 KiB, 42 hits)
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Coltrane Solos For Oboe

Ok, these are some transposed versions of Coltrane solos that work for Oboe. Enjoy.

  Blue Train - John Coltrane (129.5 KiB, 177 hits)
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  Countdown - John Coltrane (110.9 KiB, 95 hits)
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  Giant Steps - John Coltrane (156.9 KiB, 102 hits)
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Holcombe Jazz Flute Concerto…..for Oboe

Sadly, there is like NOTHING out there for Jazz Oboe. So, I took on a task of transposing and rearranging Bill Holcombe’s Jazz Flute Concerto to work for Oboe. Seems to work out fairly well. The only thing that sorta sucks is that I only have a TAPE of the backgrounds and the piece. When I transfered it to digital, I guess the tape player was slower and caused the whole recording to be about 9 cents flat. So, a little bump in the Amazing Slowdowner fixed that.
But still, it’s TAPE. It’s all stuffy sounding. I searched Fluteworld.com for a CD version of the Concerto, but they seem not to have it anymore (any version).
Bill Holcombe is an amazing guy. He is like a billion years old, and plays the snot out of flute, clarinet and saxophone. Dunno about Oboe, but he probably could hang on that too.

Orchestra TOO LOUD

This is from a NY Times article:

No Fortissimo? Symphony Told to Keep It Down

By SARAH LYALL
LONDON — They had rehearsed the piece only once, but already the
musicians at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra were suffering. Their
ears were ringing. Heads throbbed.

Tests showed that the average noise level in the orchestra during the
piece, “State of Siege,” by the composer Dror Feiler, was 97.4 decibels,
just below the level of a pneumatic drill and a violation of new
European noise-at-work limits. Playing more softly or wearing
noise-muffling headphones were rejected as unworkable.

So instead of having its world premiere on April 4, the piece was
dropped. “I had no choice,” said Trygve Nordwall, the orchestra’s
manager. “The decision was not made artistically; it was made for the
protection of the players.”

Wow. 97 is waaaaay too loud for anyone.

Great Brazilian Album

A while ago, while trying to convince a student that she does not have bad tone (because some “expert” during honor bands said she does), I came across this website. It is a great resource for hearing what Oboists sound like. Anyhow, I got interested in the “Azevedo arr., rec. 1999” that Alex Klein did. Yes, THAT Alex Klein.

Anyhow, the album it is off of is Brazilian Rhapsody by Daniel Barenboim and the song is actually called “Pedacinhos Do Ceu”. The album is partially available on iTunes, but the fore mentioned song is NOT. Anyhow, it is a great album, and I totally love the oboe playing on it. Excellent. Plus, you can get it for like 5 bucks used.

Allan Reeds vs. Good Tone Guild Reeds

For a while, I’ve been using Allan Oboe reeds. Good, cheap Oboe reeds for those of us who don’t have the time and/or patience (and maybe skill) to make our own. Though, I kind of wanted more tone out of them. So, in the search for a better reed, I tried some of the fabled Good Tone Guild reeds. They cost nearly double what the Allan reeds are, but they seem to have more “body” to the tone. Plus, the pitch seems a little more stable on my Oboe.

So, you might want to get some Allan and GTG’s and compare.