Category: This & That

Fred Mills: Trumpeter, Teacher Dead At 74

Sad news from the CBC today. Fred Mills, trumpeter with the Canadian Brass for 24 years died in a car crash on Monday night. He was driving home from the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta after playing concerts in Europe and…

The Day All Miss Mussel’s Dreams Came True

Thanks to Amanda Ameer for bringing these tidings of great joy. Miss Mussel may now add marketing guru/clairvoyant to her CV with a clear conscience. Ok, maybe it’s a little cloudy round the edges….bordering on translucent….sigh. Thanks a lot Jiminy.

50 First Dates

Anne Midgette has a great thing going at her place about first operas. Which is best for an uninitiate and what was your first? As to what’s best, it depends on the person. The discussion of first opera experiences in…

Airline Horror Stories Please

In her other guise as Marcia Adair, journalist, Miss Mussel is writing and article for an aviation security magazine about musical instruments that is meant to act as a primer for security screeners at airports. As such, she needs to…

Organomanic

A propros of nothing, the Grand Choeur in D alla Handel by Alexandre Guilmant is Miss Mussel’s favourite piece for organ. [audio: http://theomniscientmussel.com/audio/Grand Choeur.mp3] (John Kitchen, Church of the Holy Rude – Stirling, Scotland) Admittedly, the recording is a bit…

Is Musicianship Innate?

Pinched/appropriated/borrowed/stolen from and/or inspired by AC Douglas at Sounds & Fury. World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo. If we can all naturally do it, maybe it all…

Prima Donna Review Roundup

Who’s saying what about Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna. On the whole, the pop people loved it and the classical people were 3 stars or under. The Good The Times | Guardian |ManchesterConfidential | Manchester Evening News | NME | BBC…

Making The Score Come Alive

@sinclairmusic from Greenwood Lake, New York brought these three minutes of loveliness to Miss Mussel’s attention this morning via Twitter. The video is a stop motion representation of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown from the ballet Rodeo (1942) created by Eleanor Stewart…

With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise

It’s our day for wearing red and white clothing, listening to atrocious tribute bands in the park playing Canadian songs people have only vaguely heard of and mangling the national anthem in two languages before the fireworks begin. Here’s a…

Because It’s Just So Jolly

Miss Mussel has a weakness for large groups of homogenous instruments – string quartet, cello ensemble, bassoon quartet, horn octet and even tuba choir, as long as the range and timbre variance is large. Saxophone ensembles are begrudgingly admired but…

*Click*

In a high school band room in 1994, Miss Mussel discovered that there was more to music than Andrew Lloyd Weber medleys, marches and the James Swearingen catalogue. Gustav Holst’s Suite No.1 For Military Band in Eb major was the…

Pearls

According to the OM Dictionary, a pearl is a song that can be listened to 20 times or more in a row without becoming the least bit irritating. It is small (<5 mins) but perfectly formed and is not reliant…

A Soupcon Of Awe

Season 7 Episode 13 – They’re Playing Our Song Backstory: Frasier has to compose a jingle for his show. A 10 second spot gets a little out of hand and turns into a full orchestra piece complete with dramatic monologue….

Das Mahler Blog

As many others have already noted, Universal Edition has started a video blog about Mahler. Video loading is slow while my tired old Powerbook (yes, Miss M is one of those people) tries to download the new iPhone software (and…

The Clap

@holeytonal from London drew Miss Mussel’s attention to this Youtube delight featuring that guy from the Orange commercials and Mr Collins from the wet-shirt Pride & Prejudice. For all its silliness, the film really does capture the fragile dynamics of…

Foreign Correspondent

Hello all! Miss Mussel is pleased to announced that starting July 1st, she will be decamping to the United Kingdom for a summer of festival fun times. Does that mean that this space will be shuttered for those weeks? To…