2020-10-10

An Explosive Musical Moment

aolo Esperanza, bass-trombonist with the Simphonica Mayor de Uruguay, in a misplaced moment of inspiration, decided to make his own contribution to the cannon shots fired as part of the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at an outdoor children’s concert. In complete seriousness he placed a large, ignited firecracker, which was equivalent in strength to a quarter stick of dynamite, into his aluminum straight mute and then stuck the
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2018-12-02

Can you name this musical instrument?

Anyone who browses various news and entertainment sites on the web will see those little ads embedded in site sidebars, often with such titles as, How to cure acne with this simple solution, Can you name these 60s actors?, and The truth behind JFK's 1972 disappearance. One that popped into view recently was on a site called Tempo that invited viewers to take a quiz: Can You Name this Musical
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2017-04-07

Musical Puns

Comment threads of news items can be pretty much echo chambers but every once in a while, someone posts a random comment that leads to a rich variety of punny responses. Witness this brilliant series: Currently listening to Rachmaninoff…yeah…he Rachs my socks… Rach and Roll er…umm (slowly walks out of room) Nooo! Please come Bach with more musical puns! Can't offer you one because I'm still recouperin from the last
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2017-03-30

A Violinist’s Nightmare

Seems there was an orchestra, with a master Violinist in first chair. In the midst of final rehearsal for a grand exposition of powerful music, a bizarre dissonance was heard. The conductor stopped the piece as he nearly fell off his podium. The concertmaster was heard to say softly, "Apologies, Maestro - there are flies here. One landed on my score and I played
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2017-03-29

Orchestral Dissonance

A picture is worth a thousand words! Is the music too
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2016-10-20

Overheard at the Local Music Shop

The best way to avoid giving birth to a sousaphone player is to have a tuba ligation. You are not a well person, horning in with that pun. It takes a lot of brass to make a comment like
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