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Reading this and thinking about how so perfectly it encapsulates the the things I hate about how music education (especially jazz education) works

Other things too ofc, but it was the first time I recognized so much of the stuff about music ed that just pisses me off in one place

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The Enterprise-D had dolphins because Star Trek is Posadist 

The Enterprise-D had dolphins because Star Trek is Posadist 

pandemics and captialism 

I mean, Sam Woodyard could lay down a hell of a groove in 2 beats but there’s just something special about how he and Bell play time

2 music things taught in a 5 min recording 

2 music things taught in a 5 min recording 

2 music things taught in a 5 min recording 

Very disappointed to find that after all these years, I still have a misshapen body that can break and fall apart

Just thinking about it, when Jacobs retired 4 years later they lost 44 years of experience. When Herseth retired in 2001, they were at 89 years and lost 53. When Clevenger retired in 2013, they were back to 130, but lost 47

Jay Friedman’s still going strong after 58 years too, but excluding him, the section only has 30ish years experience, almost all from Gene Pokorny, who took over for Arnold Jacobs in 1989

One thing about the CSO/Abbado recording is that in 1984, the principal brass had 116 years of cumulative experience playing in that orchestra and there’s this kind of stability and a kind of collective movement that isn’t in other recordings or performances

God I bought that recording in 2000 or 2001 and after 19-20 years of listening to dozens of other Mahler 7 recordings it’s still my favorite by far

Abbado recorded it with Berlin in the early 2000s, but when I heard that recording it just sounded muddy. He did it at his Lucerne festival thing a few years later and that one is very close to the CSO one in interpretation but the orchestra, being assembled for the festival rather than playing together day after day for years just doesn’t sound as good

It’s neat though that while the trend in Mahler (and a ton else) has been “slow is profound, slower is more profounder” Abbado actually sped up a bit between the recordings he made in the 70/80s and the ones in the 2000s

Here’s the Lucerne Festival performance youtu.be/QdxvC7NNSLQ

Sedate but very well played performance of Mahler 7?

The Chicago Symphony “live” streamed this performance from 2011 today youtu.be/lQPgMQew7YU

Here’s a fantastic recording of them from 1984 playing the same piece youtu.be/5Hq9oq7tcdA

It was neat discovering that some editions (probably) have the orchestral tutti in random spots to basically fill up a line or two so later pages lay out better

Took about 20-30 minutes to get back into using it about as well as I used to, then another couple hours of notation to do the 3rd movement and then another couple hours to figure out how to do page formatting that I’d never used before and then a bit more time to remember how to export pages to tiff so they could be made into a pdf.

God, remember when pdf was strictly proprietary and so nothing would natively read or export to it?

I should do the other 2 movements too

Trying to actually work on the Mozart concerto instead of just the exposition for the first time since a few weeks in college when my prof just wanted to make sure we’d covered it and finally gave up from edition frustration (switching between basset clarinet and normal clarinet versions to get the parts from each that I want)

So I decided to just write out what I’m wanting, thought “hmm...I think I’ll finally try musescore”, went to their site, and was about to download it when I remembered that I have a super old pirated version of Finale that I used all through college and a couple years beyond.

Had to copy the files from an old backup and install fresh, but do you remember back when you could “register” software by printing a form that you promised to mail? That was nice

It does kinda suck not being able to use the scroll wheel though, but I guess that’s to be expected for software made for Windows 98

old cat 

plant good news/bad news 

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