Technology is infringing on classical music?

This author has some very old school ideas of how we need to listen to music. Basically, ban any electronic devices in a concert. Sure, ok, I can see muting them…..no one wants some a**holes ring tone interrupting Beethoven…..but banning them outright?

I think a better idea would be to engage the audience, maybe have an APP or something that is following the music. So you could see the score, or maybe what a particular instrument is playing RIGHT NOW or maybe have an interactive guide that has analysis of the piece as it is being played that can be highly detailed or simple enough for a rock drummer to understand.

Running away from technology is guaranteed to kill any type of music. They need to embrace it, and look for new ways to engage the audience when they are there, and to draw in new people into classical, or any type of music (except for maybe Country……and Dubstep……and some Rap…….and…….no that’s it)

What Killed The C-Melody Saxophone?

Csaxophone.com has a great article up about C Melody Saxophones. Actually, it was taken without citation from wikipedia. Shamelessly copied. Shame on you sirs!

The article on Wikipedia isn’t the authoritative narrative of the rise and fall of the C-Melody. In fact, the author(s) of the Wikipedia article say “However, it is important to note that production ended for purely financial reasons, and not because of any inherent flaw in the design or poor manufacturing standards. C melody saxophones were as good as the reputation of whichever company manufactured them.” and continue with this assertion “the “Big Band” era had started in the early 1930s and anyone who wanted to learn the saxophone was interested primarily in soprano, alto, tenor or baritone because this would, potentially at least, allow them to play in a Big Band, and Big Bands did not feature C melody saxophones in their instrument line-up. As a result there was no consumer demand for C melody instruments”.

I wonder if that is really the reason. If, as they say on Wikipedia, that the instruments “were as good as the reputation of whichever company manufactured them” then, why wouldn’t Pros use them? Wouldn’t it have been a whole lot easier to have a big band that had two C “tenors” and a slightly smaller C “alto” and a slightly larger C “Bari” in the section? I mean, writing for them would have been a lot easier. I would reason that there was something else that prevented the adoption of the C-Melody by Professionals of the day.

Another Wikipedia article says “settling upon instruments alternating between E? and B? rather than those pitched in F and C, for reasons of tone and economy” and “The C soprano saxophone was the only instrument to sound at concert pitch.” More fuel on the fire.

I know people who have C-Melody saxophones. They play crappy I think. Partly because the rest of the saxophone world has advanced in the 80+ years since the hay-day of the C-Melody. The sounds are different. Sort of like comparing a guitar sound and strings to modern guitars. Similar, yes, but different. Or maybe lets use a car analogy….naw.

So what killed the C-Melody then? Was it that companies just didn’t produce quality instruments? Was it (as I suspect) that they sounded crappy even if they were high quality? Was it the Big Band that killed them?

Sheet Of The Week (Bonus) – Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor)

This is for all those poor East Coast people, who suffered through an Earthquake and now a Hurricane this week of August 2011. Poor babies. Stay tough.

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Sheet Of The Week – Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)

Ok, I’m doing this one early cause I just did it and I think it’s pretty darn close if not right on (except the Christina part…..too much R&B trying there girl!)

Enjoy

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Sheet Of The Week – Jar Of Hearts (Christina Perri)

Popular song…..I guess. Not really my cup of Joe…..

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Sheet Of The Week (Bonus) – She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5)

Another great tune by Maroon 5.

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Sheet Of The Week – Shiny Happy People (REM)

I like this song. I seem to be in the minority. My favorite version is the YouTube clip below.

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Sheet Of The Week (Bonus) – American Idiot (Green Day)

In honor of all those who work “hard” for us in Washington D.C. I present American Idiot by Green Day. Oh, did you know they passed a bill out of committee that requires all ISPs to track your internet usage for 18 months. Yeah. The bill is no. 1981…..so so close to 1984. Thanks “elected” officials who have been in office for decade upon decade upon decade (*cough* John Kerry…John McCain….Pelosi….everyone)

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Sheet Of The Week – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Green Day)

Green Day. Yes, I have a TON of Green Day songs cause they were huge a while ago. There last album kinda failed, but the American Idiot album is great.

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