Morning Mood

During the summer, when I don’t have to wake up for school, I’ve always been waken up by my mother blasting classical music across the entire house. Usually the pieces are typical violin or clarinet concertos, but this morning it was Greig’s Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite. A lovely piece, perfect for the mornings, and it brought back the memories of my woodwind quintet performing the suite. What a great way to start the day!

EDIT: This just struck me, and I had to add it in: I would absolutely love to play this in orchestra next year.


After we heard the sad news that our dear orchestra director would be retiring, we sightread this piece at the suggestion of his wife. He said that if we could play it beautifully, it would perhaps be our encore for his last concert with our high school.

The piece truly is beautiful, and I certainly do wish we get to play it. It would be the least we could do for our director.

Into the West

If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you must know this song. It’s played during the credits of The Return of the King, and it sure is fitting. Take a listen, even if you’ve never watched or read the Lord of the Rings, and imagine sailing off across the sea into lands unknown…


No, I’m not posting this because I heard in The King’s Speech, although that was a great movie. I played this piece in orchestra last year and it always comes back to me once in a while, and I thought it especially fitting on a day like today.

Gabriel’s Oboe

I love these melodies, if you haven’t noticed. The ones that make you just want to sit back on the grass on a sunny day and let the breeze flow over you…

But this melody is even more special, as it served as a main theme to a fabulous movie called The Mission, and is played by the oboe, which is not only a double reed instrument (my main instrument is the bassoon) but is also notoriously disliked for its tendency to be out of tune. Listening to this theme, you begin to wonder how anybody could ever hate the oboe.