A is for Oboe: The Orchestra’s Alphabet

This month we are treated to a whole host of instruments, as Lera Auerbach and Marilyn Nelson bring us an entire alphabet of music. Join us on Thursday, April 21st at 5pm for A is for Oboe: The Orchestra’s Alphabet.

Book Cover for A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet
A is for Oboe: The Orchestra’s Alphabet

Two widely acclaimed poets–one a composer and classical pianist as well–have come together to create this extraordinary portrait of the orchestra in all of its richness and fascination, using the structure of the alphabet in a way that’s entirely new and delightful. A is for the first note you hear as you take your seat in the concert hall, played by the headstrong oboe. B is for the bassoon, “the orchestra’s jester, complaining impatiently through his nose.” And C is for the conductor, “like the captain on the bridge of a great ship, navigating the composer’s musical charts.”

Onward the text goes, soaring in reverie and making thought-provoking observations while not taking itself too seriously–illuminating all the various details that flow together to create the nourishing experience of playing or listening to music.

Penguin Random House

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