What each instrument says the most
  • Oboe: I bought shot-glasses and cigarette paper this weekend.... NO IT'S FOR MY OBOE I SWEAR
  • Flute: Yeah, she said she was going to do the Chaminade too. Looks like we'll have two people playing the concertino for the solo show this year, or there's always murder, you know
  • clarinet: It's my reed. Hold on I'll get another one out... also if another person asks me to play the mozart clarinet concerto i'll slap a bitch
  • Bassoon: could you scoot over a bit? I need more space to lean my bassoon... My posture is just fine, THANKS
  • Saxophone: shit. i still have my neck-strap on don't I?
  • Drums: Is the snare on? GOD, who turned the snare off again?! AND! Where the frickity frack are my sticks?
  • timpani: i gotta tune the timpani. hold on
  • trumpet: i hate partial jumping practice so much
  • trombone: Do you want to hear my gliss?
  • tuba: i literally play four notes the entire piece..,.
  • horn: look i don't know why we stick the hand in the bell. don't ask. it's just how it is
  • cello: yeah my cello cost 13,000 and my bow is custom made, so it's like 6,000 and my new case which is shock absorbent, fireproof and waterproof cost like 7,500
  • viola: I know we're trying to play louder it's the loudest i can get i know i know i'm so sick of pizzicato accompaniment give me a break please
  • violin: um I can't see the concertmaster's bowings from back here... yeah i know i can watch the person in front of me im not stupid it's just...
  • double bass: how the fuck am I supposed to carry this thing through the door? Hey, can you hold it open for me

I attempted to learn the Creston concertino as a junior in high school…and loathed it.

Now, four years out of college I am attempting yet again…and absolutely loving it! All the thanks in the world to Lawrence University, and especially Ann Boeckman, for feeding my love of music theory so much that it turned my least favorite marimba solo into one of my favorites of all time!

The theorist inside me is so happy!


Concertino, Chaminade. James Galway, flutist.


Picture: Ditlev Martens - Fire in Hamburg on 5 May 1842

Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau (11 September 1786 – 12 March 1832) was a German-born Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods.

Work: Concertino in F-minor for two horns, Op.45 (1822)

Mov.I: Adagio ma non troppo 00:00
Mov.II: Allegro alla polacca 07:29
Mov.III: Larghetto 12:22
Mov.IV: Allegro alla polacca 16:11
Mov.V: Allegro assai 18:48

Horn I: Ib Lanzky-Otto
Horn II: Frøydis Ree Wekre

Orchestra: Odense Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Othmar Maga

You, A Music Major, Need These Composers They Never Told You About In Music History In Your Life, part I

Nadia Boulanger (France, 1887-1979) - Pupil of Fauré, friend of Ravel, teacher of Copland, Piazzolla and Glass plus a lot more. Composed beautiful, impressionistic works. Listen to: Fantasia for piano and orchestra, /// 3 pieces for piano and cello

Lydia Auster (Estonia, 1912-1993) - Studied in Moscow, worked as a pianist in Central Asia. Modern and flowing works for piano, orchestra, voice and many other instruments. Listen to: Piano concerto

Germaine Tailleferre (France, 1893-1983) - Member of Les Six (the French neoclassical group), composed several operas, concertos and other orchestral works. Listen to: Concertino for harp and piano (the heavenly combination of harp and piano is something that you don’t know you need until you listen to this), /// Ballade for piano and orchestra

Claude Arrieu (France, 1903-1990) - Composed many different kinds of works, for example concertos for piano, two pianos, trumpet and flute but also music for movies and theatre. The flute sonatina seems relatively popular. Listen to: Concerto for 2 pianos

(ps. If you listen to these pieces, reblog and share your thoughts if you have the time!)


so here’s my shoddy attempt to play my own concertino cadenza. i know the recording finishes unresolved, suck it. if it’s any consolation it doesn’t resolve if you go on either, there’s an interrupted cadence with a concert E9 chord
edit: i also now notice i put the screenshot of the previous version which has slight differences in the jumpy bit oops



Cello Sonata in C major, op. 119
I. Andante grave — Moderato animato
II. Moderato — Andante dolce
III. Allegro ma non troppo

Mischa Maisky
Martha Argerich

In the very late 1940s, Prokofiev was inspired through collaborations with Rostopovich to write for the cello, including the Sinfonia concertante op. 125 and this gorgeous sonata. A concertino for the cello, as well as an unaccompanied sonata, remain unfinished.

The op. 119 Sonata was premiered before the Soviet Composers’ Union on December 6, 1949.


I’d just like to apologize for not posting that much during the past week. With the semester coming to a close, I have been extremely busy!

I’ve been working on my solo piece for juries, which were today.

I’m okay with how juries went. Scales were fine, although my nerves got the best of me at some parts during my piece.

Also! My fellow trombone player is letting me try out his King 3b concert series (1977 pictured above) for a while to see if I want to buy it for around $600. Great slide, and very flexible tone, mainly for lead playing, which I do a lot in jazz. I played my solo on it, and I love the sound.

Merry Christmas to me? I think so!

Hope all of you are doing well!


Klarinettenkonzerte Nr.1op.73 & Nr.2 op.74 · Concertino op.26, Concertino für Klarinette und Orchester Es-dur op.26: Andante -
Sabine Meyer/Staatskapelle Dresden/Herbert Blomstedt
Klarinettenkonzerte Nr.1op.73 & Nr.2 op.74 · Concertino op.26, Concertino für Klarinette und Orchester Es-dur op.26: Andante -

Clarinet Concertino in C minor/E flat major, Op. 26II. Andante - Carl Maria von Weber

Clarinet: Sabine Meyer
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker 

Click here to listen to I. Adagio ma non troppo 
Click here to listen to III. Allegro