Some classical music with the Vienna Philharmonic

Movies wouldn’t be the same without the music played by a symphony orchestra. One of my favourite orchestras is the Vienna Philharmonic because some of the instruments they play are uniquely their own – the horn, the trombone, the oboe, . . . 
Now imagine seeing Star Wars without this music!  It certainly wouldn’t have been the same . . .

The clarinet! Romanian Rhapsodies by Enescu/Kovacs

UBC professor José Franch-Ballester, Vancouver clarinetist Michelle Anderson, and pianist Jane Hayes.  Enjoy!

Isn’t it great to see people love the music they are playing!  Soloists can move more than you can in the band 😉
You may notice José’s occasional cheek puffs.  That’s because he is circular breathing – playing while breathing in through his nose!  If you can find José on Facebook, he has been recording a different little piece every day.  Amazing playing!
And, Michelle, a fabulous local teacher, has LOTS of  free videos online.

A Hope for the Future – all trumpets all the time. Goosebumps!

A Hope for the Future was written as a tribute to the frontline heroes around the globe, our health care workers dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Inspired by the great Ryan Anthony who is both sequestered in hospital and battling cancer, over 30 of the world’s most celebrated trumpet players (including Ryan) filmed and recorded themselves in isolation in a new inspirational song written by Matt Catingub.

Representing 14 different countries, classical soloists, jazz artists, military personnel, educators, and rock stars from the Dave Matthews Band and Chicago, A Hope for the Future is dedicated to all those around the world who care for us during this time of crisis and beyond.

– Canadian trumpeter Jens Lindemann Artistic Director


First assignment – please submit when you have your best score

Exercise correction
  • The exercise correction is performed on two passes. First the moment the note was played is checked. Notes that are played early are marked with a left arrow () while those played too late are marked with a right arrow ().
  • On a second pass the separation between the notes are compared. In this case a plus sign () is used when the time between the notes is too long or with a minus sign () when too short.
  • The X () is used to mark notes that where not played.
  • Tap the keys when answering, do not leave the keys pressed. Although there may be rests, the exercise does not check for note durations.
  • You do not have to use too much force.
  • For faster notes, you can press different keys with fingers from both hands.
  • Using the spacebar is not recommended.
  • Be careful not to press two keys at the same time. The exercise will count them as two notes.

Listen to music you don’t normally listen to

Greetings to all,

Being at home during this extended break gives us the opportunity to explore things we don’t normally have the time for.  
My wife played in the violin section of the Boston Symphony for a few years and still gets an occasional email from the orchestra.  She received one which told her, and now you!, how to connect with one of the great orchestras and some of the best performances in their archives.  She said the conductor started the piece with only a flip of his hand and they were off!           
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 – Boston Symphony Orchestra/Rozhdestvensky (1987)

Follow the music with this one!  Type into your browser     
Gustav Holst – The Planets, Op. 32 (1914-16) {Steinberg/BSO}  Everything but the electric bass or the saxophone, but, great music!   

Explore different genres and find music that is not what you usually listen to.  Open your mind and ears and try something new, even if it is longer than four minutes!  Baroque or classical (yes, they are different), different types of jazz, country, . . . . 
Or, look for different pieces that feature your instrument as soloist.  Listen carefully and notice what you really like.  

Happy listening!