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The War of the Brass and the Woodwinds


by Jerome Weeks 9 Oct 2008

It was probably Professor Peter Schickele (a.k.a. PDQ Bach) who first composed a musical work that actually set different musicians at each other’s throats (the Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra), although one wonders if it hadn’t been done before — the way some composers have orchestrated their works as if the instrumental sections were […]

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It was probably Professor Peter Schickele (a.k.a. PDQ Bach) who first composed a musical work that actually set different musicians at each other’s throats (the Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra), although one wonders if it hadn’t been done before — the way some composers have orchestrated their works as if the instrumental sections were in a bear-baiting pit (yes, I’m looking at you, Richard Wagner).

At any rate, Jeff Curnow, the former principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, tears the lid off the simmering warfare going on between the brass section and the woodwinds in this helpful, animated commercial (“Penetrating sonic target barriers”) for a line of weapons-grade mouthpieces.

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