>I've been trying to stay out of this, but it seems to refuse to die. So I
>shall tell my favorite Igor Stravinsky story, which I think says a lot
>about the way the modern classical musican's mind works. When he wrote the
>Rite of Spring, he gave the opening solo to an English horn, although it
>is very high in the range of an English Horn and smack dab in the middle
>of the range of an oboe. But he wanted it to sound primitive, not to
>mention perhaps forced and out-of-tune. But modern professional woodwind
>players don't like to sound primitive, so they put the solo into all the
>English horn orchestral excerpt books, and they all practiced it until
>they could make it sound just like an oboe. They were wrong.
Funny that they shuld do that. In every score I've ever seen of the Rite
of Spring, this is a bassoon part!
>Judy (who is enjoying being chased by bumble bees in the second day of 70
>degree weather in New England)