In preparation for my upcoming lecture recital, I have been researching Antal Dorati. Though mostly famous as a conductor (he recorded all of Haydn's symphonies) he also wrote music. Six of his compositions feature the oboe (sonatas, concertos, chamber music, etc). What does this have to do with the UMWO concert? Not much, but while reading Dorati's autobiography Notes of Seven Decades I came across an amusing snippet. While describing his early attempts at composition, Dorati writes, "Perhaps the most original was the piece for wind instruments called Bird-whistle, after actual bird-calls listened to in the countryside. (Messiaen was then eight years old.)" Made me smile!
-Noelle Drewes, oboe