Sunday, October 15, 2006


Guess what I did today?????

For the first time ever, I played on an English Horn!!

Sometimes I forget why I am doing all this but today I got a sweet reminder. My first few notes were clumsy but then I relaxed and let the air work better and suddenly I was getting a decent sound out of it. My new friend also remembered that the reason I am playing oboe is because of "Swan of Tuonela" so she promptly placed the music for it in front of me and I played through about half of it. Then I played several other of my favorite excerpts. I didn't want to stop playing because it felt so wonderful.

I'd always worry that whenever I got to play EH that it would be a struggle. Instead if felt quite natural. And it was so,so satisfying to hear its unique sound coming out through me.

It was pure bliss. :-D

And now I know I am not doing all this in vain.


Pattyoboe said...

Sounds like you had a great time, Hilda!

EH is just the best, isn't it? It was my "main gig" for 27 years. (Then the San Jose Symphony died. Sigh.)

Enjoy! :-)

Waterfall said...


Michael Manning said...

Hilda: Congratulations on embarking on a new endeavor. I have you linked! Again, great going!

Hilda said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for the comments.

Welcome, Michael :-)