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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

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Bud Herseth: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

As I'm sure you all know, we recently lost arguably the greatest orchestral trumpet player of all time, Bud Herseth. I feel so blessed to have attended Northwestern when Bud was still playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the mid-90's.  His presence as the leader of that orchestra can't be summed up in a blog post. I am so happy I stumbled upon this radio profile and interview from Australian radio in 1997.  The interview is amazing and there are phenomenal clips from many different eras of the CSO's history throughout the piece which feature Mr. Herseth.

Every time I hear a recording of Bud I feel like it is a masterclass on style.  Everything sounds so thought out, so intentional.  His articulations are too clear to believe without actually hearing it yourself.  This radio piece is absolutely must hear for any musician.  You won't believe how much you learn.

Clips Include:

Also Sprach Zarathustra Pictures at an Exhibition Lt. Kijé Mahler 5 William Tell Overture Scheherezade Firebird Pines of Rome


Monday YouTube Fix: Deodato

Andrew Hitz

If this clip doesn't make you bob your head, tap your foot, or get up and start dancing in the middle an otherwise quiet room you might actually have passed away without knowing it. This arrangement of the great Richard Strauss tone poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' was made famous to me by my favorite band in the world, Phish.  They do a wonderful cover of this funky version.  This is the first time I've seen this clip and I almost flipped my desk over in excitement!

This features Eumir Deodato on the organ fronting his band and they are joined by the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio.  The guitar solo is smoking enough that I'm surprised it didn't catch on fire in the middle of it.