Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Applause for the Oboe

The poet When asked about her favorite musical instrument, poet and classical music aficionado Ana Elsner said,

"Without a doubt, the instrument that speaks to me most is the oboe. Although sometimes overshadowed by other woodwinds, not to mention the testosterone-laden brass, I perceive the oboe as being a full-bodied female voice. Perhaps this is due to its mezzo-soprano to soprano range. In fact, I have written a poem titled 'Oboe' which defines how I feel about it."

Oboist Laura Griffiths Later on in the conversation, Ana Elsner added,

"My favorite oboist, these days, is Ms. Laura Griffiths of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Her lyrical tone quality and masterful vibrato distinguish her among the woodwinds, indeed, among the entire orchestra. Her soli simply shine. It is a treat to hear her play."


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Anonymous OBOENIHILIST said...

Ladies, Ladies - Felicitations!
Thanks for pointing me to your blog, nose first... :-)
Here's my humble contribution to tickle your funny bone

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To get away from the oboe recital.

Q: How many oboe players does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Only one but he'll go through 30 to 40 bulbs to find the best one.

Q: What's the difference between a SCUD missile and a bad oboist?
A: A bad oboist can kill you.

OK, that's enough for now. Keep on carving those reeds...
Your faithful fan,
The Oboenihilist

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 9:45:00 PM  

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