On Thursday, October 29, I had the pleasure of attending the senior recital of Joy Pittman. Joy plays the oboe. I have never before paid a lot of attention to the sound of the oboe itself. I was amazed to hear such pure notes. Personally, I’m tend to not like very much vibrato except in a violin, so I really enjoyed the pure clean notes Joy played. In comparison to the oboe, Joy’s sister Jamie played the flute in a oboe-flute-piano trio at the recital. While, the flute is a nice instrument but the breathy-pipe sound of the flute was almost distracting compared to what I consider the beauty of the well-played oboe.
Please note: Both Joy and Jamie Pittman are excellent players. These comments are on my personal preference about instruments not players.
Especially lately, I’ve found myself with a desire to hear more classical music. I finally borrowed one of my brother’s compact discs of Baroque music so I can play it in my room. [Who knows maybe Humanities has really inspired me!] This recital was an enjoyable time that I shared with several friends as we listened to a variety of musical pieces including a Mozart quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello. Mozart’s style had a different sound to it which went beyond the addition of instruments. I don’t think I can put my finger on it, but the Mozart piece had a very distinctive style untypical of the other pieces at the recital.
By attending this concert I was able to hear the oboe played and really listen to this double-reed instrument. I now have a better appreciation of the oboe. The next time I attend an event with an orchestra I will probably try and pick out the clean, crisp notes of the oboe.