Category Archives: classical music

Where Not To Go for Musical Instrument Repairs

As important as positive recommendations are, its also important doubt places you shouldn’t go. In the past, I’ve written positively about Ross Hill (luthier), P.J. Tan’s Violin Shop, and the String Emporium(e.g., here and here). Given the recent grief me … Continue reading

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Matt Heller on CBC

Matt Heller (double bassist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra) was on Contrabass Conversations recently discussing the ISB convention.

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John Philip Sousa on the recording industry

I’m currently reading Elijah Wald‘s book How the Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll. In it he discusses the views of John Philip Sousa towards recording and the dissemination of “machine-made music.” The quote below is from Sousa’s essay “The Menace … Continue reading

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Airline Travel with Your Bass

I recently made an airline trip with my bass in my new Tuff-Lite bass trunk. Overall, the trip was pretty easy (surprisingly). Everyone was nice and my bass was well-cared for by the baggage and airline folks. I’ve included a … Continue reading

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Podcast: Gerard Schwarz

I recently listened to an interview with conductor Gerard Schwarz on a Naxos Podcast. The main thrust of the interview is Arthur Foote (additional information, scores at IMSLP) and why his music isn’t played as much as it perhaps should … Continue reading

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Solo to Orchestral Transcriptions

I’m often faced with the following problem: I play in orchestral tuning but have a piece I want to play (e.g. Hindemith sonata) that is written for solo tuning. I don’t want to re-tune my bass and can’t afford the … Continue reading

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