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    Default The Winds "what are you working on thread"

    There seems to be one of these in every other instrument family but winds. This also seems to be the least active sub forum of the instruments D: this saddens me and I intend to change that.

    So, what rep are you currently hashing out? I'm touching up the second movement of Bellini's Concerto in Eb for oboe. And also working on the second movement of Hindemith's Sonata for Oboe and Piano. I'm gearing up for my senior recital in the spring

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    Long notes and lip flexibility. For lip flexibility I play bits of pieces by Pasculli.

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    lol that's a good topic.

    usually it's just Jaws and I humourously arguing over which tooth we should pull out first.

    Not!

    The Bellini I like a lot.....I can't read oboe music below alto A under middle C without getting the ruler out. Clarinet and oboe drive me potty that way. At least with alto flute its still on the ledger lines transposed a fourth. Even the bass recorder is read on the bass clef...

    I'm working on Bach's flute sonata no. V. It runs for six pages long and I haven't learnt it off by heart so I have to turn my pages over by myself sob. The other problem is playing Bach makes me salivate like Pavlov's dog....not so good for flute playing. The rhythm is really messing me up. I had the complete set of sonatas edited by Marcel Moyse. I loved his editing and phrasings. Then I had to go and lose it and bought a cheaper replacement set by Bennett which has none of yhe delicate nuances of the French master editor.

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    Working on the Saint-Saens oboe sonata and still working on Hindemith.

    Got my clarinet out today for the first time this month. Working on Brahms Sonata No. 1. I must refrain from playing clarinet when I have a lot of heavy oboe playing going on because it confuses my embouchure. With my college auditions finished, I can play more often now Sadly, I'll probably have to stop altogether when I go to college...oboe performance majors really shouldn't be messing around with clarinet oh well, I'll miss it dearly.

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    Hindemith....preceded by the emotionless Saints Saens oboe sonata?

    Started working on Benjamin Godard' Suite de Trois Morceaux. Some graceful lines soaring with emotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    Hindemith....preceded by the emotionless Saints Saens oboe sonata?

    Started working on Benjamin Godard' Suite de Trois Morceaux. Some graceful lines soaring with emotion.
    The first couple times I heard the Saint-Saens, I didn't connect with it at all. Its one of those that has to grow on you. There are parts in it that are very emotional, and I really enjoy it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OboeKnight View Post
    The first couple times I heard the Saint-Saens, I didn't connect with it at all. Its one of those that has to grow on you. There are parts in it that are very emotional, and I really enjoy it now.
    the parts I connect with when hearing the Saint-Saens sonata ... is the ending when it's finally over

    I know I'm a salon siesta spoilsport - maybe the literature for oboe is more interesting than for flute, in the impressionist repertoire?

    Are you a fan of Stamitz btw. His flute writing really bores me although friends love him and 'the lightness of being' that his music conveys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    the parts I connect with when hearing the Saint-Saens sonata ... is the ending when it's finally over

    I know I'm a salon siesta spoilsport - maybe the literature for oboe is more interesting than for flute, in the impressionist repertoire?

    Are you a fan of Stamitz btw. His flute writing really bores me although friends love him and 'the lightness of being' that his music conveys.
    Actually never heard Stamitz. I shall look into him. I agree the Saint-Saens is not a hugely emotional piece, the last movement is really impressive if you crank the speed though it'll be good for my recital haha

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    I'll have to dig out more Saint-Saens other than his Romance for flute.

    At the moment I'm working on Bach's Partita in A minor .... in slow motion.

    I like playing it really hauntingly slow. It scares people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    I'll have to dig out more Saint-Saens other than his Romance for flute.

    At the moment I'm working on Bach's Partita in A minor .... in slow motion.

    I like playing it really hauntingly slow. It scares people
    Also makes it easier lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by OboeKnight View Post
    Also makes it easier lol
    What......scaring people?

    I'm working on the phrasing in slo-mo. Some players make it sound like it's slow to the point of DEAD slow and it's almost painful waiting for the next note as the last one dies off.

    That's what I'm trying to achieve

    Now playing some Ernesto Kohler 'Studies of Medium Difficulty'. He writes some gorgeous romantic music. The next volume must be entitled: "Studies of Exceptionally Painful Difficulty" followed by "Studies for the Three-Handed Flute Virtuoso"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    What......scaring people?

    I'm working on the phrasing in slo-mo. Some players make it sound like it's slow to the point of DEAD slow and it's almost painful waiting for the next note as the last one dies off.

    That's what I'm trying to achieve

    Now playing some Ernesto Kohler 'Studies of Medium Difficulty'. He writes some gorgeous romantic music. The next volume must be entitled: "Studies of Exceptionally Painful Difficulty" followed by "Studies for the Three-Handed Flute Virtuoso"...
    Lol Three-Handed Flute Virtuoso you say?

    Just finished practicing more Saint-Saens. The third movement is basically a technical exercise that requires you to have a third lung and blazing fingers...actually worked up a sweat.

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    I might be prone to finding the Kohler three handed pieces difficult. Or maybe prone to a little exaggeration

    Third lung - no sweat...! Now that I'm over my Russian whooping cough bronchitis season, I can hold passages like
    there's no tommorrow. But tommorow comes anyway and I have to take a breath. Those cylindrical high resistance wooden romantic flutes take a lot of puff! And it doesn't help that my circular breathing technique is as good as my circular reasoning technique

    Back to practicing Bohuslav Martinu's First Sonata for flute and piano. Since I don't like the piano, I'm trying to do away with all the rest breaks where the piano bits are supposed to come in. You gotta love a piece that starts off in second octave Bb rising to third octave Bb got C pitch concert flute. You'd think he'd written it for piccolo in mind.

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    Haha what have you against the piano? I enjoy it in moderation, definitely not one of my favorite instruments. I prefer harp and harpsichord

    I'm actually listening to Martinu's second symphony lol. I'm enjoying quite a lot. What do you think of his flute sonata? Sounds painfully high lol. Saint-Saens goes up to high G, which is pushing the limits for oboe. Also have to tag a high F# out of nowhere....it usually sounds as a G though because it'sso out of tune haha.

    In addition to S-S, I'm still having issues with the crazy rhythms in Hindemith second movement...ugh. Working on awful triplet passages in Hanson's Merry Mount Suite that I'm playing in my orchestra as well.

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    I learnt piano in school for my grade exams .... it was one of those horrible double coffin black ones and my piano teacher, a benign smiling granny looking inoffensive with a plaid skirt pinafore and clasped hands with bottle coke glasses and dark brown hair split down the middle, would turn into a Hitchcock nightmare and threaten to dump the dead remains of my little body in the carcass of the piano and use my schoolboy shorts as a flag to warn other toddlers that if I didn't practice my Eb minor harmonic key backwards they could expect the same fate

    (j/k)

    It's just the boring dunk dunk sound of it. Doesn't have the texture or the rich overtones; no nuanced portamento of the harp and harpsichord. If I had been taught on harpsichord, I wouldn't have wasted a crotchet of my time learning

    Yes - Martinu's flute sonata really needs earplugs. I stick in a pair which blocks out -10dB, and that seems to allow me to play it. I'm not fluent in the piece at all; if anything, it seems to meander and goes a bit weird so it isn't a piece I play much of.

    Out of interest - how on earth did you get to major in oboe by the time you were 17? It's a rather niche (specialist) instrument. I had a generic music education listening to my parents vinyl pop LPs and then piano and recorder, then flute. But oboe? I don't think anyone I knew played oboe, so the school orchestra, in the absence of an oboeist, had to make do with extra orchestral triangles lol

    Saint-Saens' music is better as a player, perhaps than a listener for me
    His music is fluid; graceful - no sudden surprises - and full of charm without sentimentality. Definitely not suffused with overwrought emotion. However I do like to play (in professional parlance, this is also known as "to wreck") his Romance that way


    I just got the score for Robert Muczynski's flute sonata. Yay!! It looks like a really exciting piece. A lot of start-stops and fascinating rhythmic variation.

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