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Anthony Plog on Music
40 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Allen Vizzutti, Part 1: Virtuoso Trumpet Performer, Composer and Teacher
Allen Vizzutti is known worldwide as a phenomenal trumpet player and soloist. But he is equally at home as a teacher and composer, and over the course of our conversation we talk about all of these creative areas of his life. I’ve known Allen for a great many years and have always been impressed not only with his playing, but also with his humility... in addition, of course, to his great sense of humor.In Part 1 of our conversation, we talk about Allen’s beginnings as a trumpet player, his very strange audition tape for the Eastman School of Music, and then move on to his concepts of teaching.
23 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Marcus Hummon, Bonus Room: Songwriter, composer, singer, playwright and author
In the Bonus Room, Tony asks Marcus to talk about his youth, about the many places he has lived around the world, his beginnings as a singer and songwriter, and how he might just be the only country music song writer to both major in Islamic Studies in college and also be a sports jock.
111 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Marcus Hummon, Part 2: Songwriter, composer, singer, playwright and author
In Part 2, Marcus and I continue our discussion about writing, and eventually we come to the concept of inspiration vs. simply doing the work (spoiler alert: it turns out we are both on the same page). Marcus also discusses how finances work these days for a song writer (which is a business model totally new to me).
63 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Marcus Hummon, Part 1: Songwriter, composer, singer, playwright and author
Marcus Hummon is a songwriter, composer, singer, playwright, and author. As a songwriter he has had a number of #1 songs in the country music genre and a Grammy Award to his credit. He has also written for film and has also written six musicals, 2 operas, and several books.
23 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
David Kuehn, Bonus Room: Music Administrator and Former Tubist
In the Bonus Room, David speaks of his beginnings as a tuba player, studying in England (and living on two meals a day with his wife) and studying with Arnold Jacobs (and his almost... almost... meeting Frits Reiner). He also talks about mentoring and the idea that every student should consider having their very own Board of Directors.
32 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
David Kuehn, Part 2: Music Administrator and Former Tubist
In Part 2, David speaks on the subject of raising money for a music department and how to cultivate a donor. He also speaks of the importance of role models. And finally we discuss classical music in the world today and how to interest young people in coming to concerts.
42 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
David Kuehn, Part 1: Music Administrator and Former Tubist
David Kuehn has had a varied and rich career in music. He began his career as a tubist and teacher and then moved into administrative duties. Beginning as Assistant to the Dean/Assistant Dean at the University of North Texas, he then became Chairman of the Department of Music at California State University-Long Beach (CSULB), followed by the position of Dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (UMKC). Then from 1993 to 2004 he was President at the Music Academy of the West (MAW). From 2004 to the present he has been President Emeritus at the Music Academy of the West. It was fascinating to speak with David not only about his career, but what it means to be a top administrator and what that entails.
17 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Mark Gould, Bonus Room: Trumpeter and Conductor
A section of Mark’s book, Gould on Music deals with music in a post pandemic world. Most of our time in the Bonus Room is spent on this subject, but we also talk about what it is like to teach as a player and also as a non/former player.
41 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Mark Gould, Part 2: Trumpeter and Conductor
In Part 2, Mark and I discuss differing views of interpretation, specifically with the Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. The question is always this: How faithful should the performer be to the exact text of the music? Mark, of course, has some very definite ideas! We also talk about his time with the Metropolitan Opera, and end this part of our conversation with a discussion of historical performance practice.
44 minutes | May 28, 2021
Mark Gould, Part 1: Trumpeter and Conductor
Mark Gould is one of the most interesting, controversial, and hilarious musicians on the classical (and jazz) musical scene today. His new book, Gould on Music, is a fascinating look into many aspects of music, especially teaching. So it was interesting to hear Mark’s thoughts on so many different aspects of music and the music business.In Part 1 of our conversation, I ask Mark about a number of his ideas about teaching, how he approaches each individual student differently, and how using humor can be a help in teaching, including ways to make concepts memorable. I ask him how he would teach me as a young student, he talks about the sound and approach of Adolph Herseth, and we end with a few funny stories of his time with the Metropolitan Opera.
16 minutes | May 21, 2021
Justin Bland, Bonus Room: Baroque and Modern Trumpet (and more!)
In the Bonus Room, I ask Justin about how a student might get started playing Baroque music on the natural trumpet. We talk about social media and how it has helped his career, and at the end of our conversation I ask him where he sees himself in ten years.
20 minutes | May 21, 2021
Justin Bland, Part 2: Baroque and Modern Trumpet (and more!)
In Part 2 of our conversation, I ask Justin about the different instruments he plays, the effect tonal keys can have on the nature of the music and why composers choose certain keys. And at the end of Part 2 we get into the weeds when talking about interpretive possibilities of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.
29 minutes | May 14, 2021
Justin Bland, Part 1: Baroque and Modern Trumpet (and more!)
Justin Bland is a wonderful trumpet player currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Specializing in Baroque music on the natural trumpet, Justin is far more than just a specialist. In addition to the natural trumpet, he also plays the modern trumpet, the recorder, the keyed trumpet, and is even a counter-tenor. Oh, and he has also tuned harpsichords!In Part 1 of our conversation, we talk about how Justin got started on the trumpet (and how he learned to play the trumpet without having a teacher by reading articles on the internet). And then we get into the first part of a conversation about Baroque music and its interpretation.
25 minutes | May 3, 2021
Jan Swafford: Composer, Author, Biographer, Bonus Room
In the Bonus Room, Jan discusses his other creative outlet, composition.
24 minutes | May 3, 2021
Jan Swafford: Composer, Author, Biographer, Part 2
Part 2 is a continuation of our conversation about writing, creating, and the four composers covered in his biographies: Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and Ives.
48 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Jan Swafford: Composer, Author and Biographer, Part 1
Jan Swafford is known as both a composer and biographer. His compositions have been performed by orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Dutch Radio Orchestra. His biographies of Ives, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart have received rave reviews, and so it was a total joy to have this conversation with Jan about all things musical (and a few things non-musical).In Part 1 of our conversation, Jan talks about his beginnings in music, his ideas about writing, and how he has conveyed those ideas to students over the years. Then we begin our conversation about his four main biographies: Ives, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart.
18 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Håkan Hardenberger: International Trumpet Soloist, Bonus Room
I've always been impressed with the way Håkan has been able to achieve a great balance in his life, so we talk about what's important to him as both an artist and also as a husband and father. We end with Håkan talking about how he spends his time during the day of a performance.
24 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Håkan Hardenberger: International Trumpet Soloist, Part 2
In Part 2, we discuss Håkan’s most recent project, the recording of the 36 Études Transcendantes of Théo Charlier, which leads to a discussion of interpretation. At the end of Part 2, Håkan talks about his friendship with Andris Nelsons, the Music Director of the Boston Symphony, and how Håkan got him interested in playing the trumpet again.
41 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Håkan Hardenberger: The Tireless Trumpet Innovator, Part 1
Håkan Hardenberger has not only had an illustrious career as a trumpet soloist, he's also re-defined the role of the trumpet as an important solo instrument. Throughout his career, he's been responsible for the commissioning of major contemporary composers, which has had a profound effect on not only our generation, but future generations as well. I met Håkan early on when he was a student of Bo Nilsson, and a few years later he stayed with me for three of the weeks while he studied with Tom Stevens in Los Angeles. So it was a great pleasure and honor to have the chance to speak with him again.In Part 1 of our conversation, I ask Håkan to talk about his three primary teachers - Bo Nilsson, Pierre Thibaud, and Thomas Stevens. We discuss what he learned from all three and the profound influence they had on him.
19 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Roger Bobo, Bonus Room: The World's Innovative Tubist
In the Bonus Room, I had to (of course) ask Roger about eating and some of his favorite cuisine! Roger has also been around some of the greatest performers of our time, including when he realized that Pavarotti stole his warm up (sort of). We end with a story of a concert he and I did at a beautiful castle in the mountains in Italy, and how someone in the audience asked us during intermission if we were sight reading... and Roger’s positive and hopeful answer!
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