Month: August 2010

Motions of Breathing #Legato Flow Breathing

This video is only partially helpful as a model for good breathing. As you can see, the ribs move up and out on inhale, and down and in on exhale. That’s helpful. But this animation does not show the gathering…

Sunday Music Quote: I am Music

From Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley. I am Music- By Anonymous- I tell the story of love, the story of sorrow, the story that saves and the story that destroys…. I am the smoke which palls over the…

Sunday Music Poem: Grenadilla Tone, Clarinet Poem

I wrote this poem several years ago for my other blog, Glittering Muse. Enjoy! Grenadilla Tone Blurted air flaps papyrus reed as raspy sneeze across its paper thin tip, flag snapping in the wind. Chunks of sound churned butter mellow…

Flow Breathing – Breath Awareness Technique

Image Credit The story behind the Flow Breathing Technique. During several points in my solo playing career I grappled with some uncomfortable issues regarding breath support. In solo performances I occasionally suffered from over-breathing and hyper-ventilation. Concomitantly I often experienced…

Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat (trio version); Preconcert Lecture Demonstration and Full Performance.

4 Videos- Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat, the Soldier’s Tale, a Faustian fable from Russian lore, translated into vivid music oozing with character by the great 20th century master. Humor, passion, dance, sexy tangos, doubt, trickery and penance come through the…