Random Monday: Praise and Criticism, Houghton Gives a Who, and Going Intergalactic

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Charles Kavaloski interview
In a 1997 interview, former Boston Symphony Orchestra principal horn Charles Kavalovski discusses the path that took him from nuclear physics to playing principal horn.

More Óscar Sala?
I found a picture gallery of Mr. Sala giving a lecture-performance.

A tip from Seth
Another excellent pearl of wisdom from Seth Godin:

Plans are great.

But missions are better. Missions survive when plans fail, and plans almost always fail.

More PDF resources
I have been posting a few embedded PDFs using a service called Issuu. There are a number of other horn-related resources on Issuu worth taking a look at.

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Pimp your trumpet
This funny comic adds all the tricks. From the same web site, also take a look at the “Can’t Remember Which Mahler Symphony” flow chart.

Houghton gives a who
Mark Houghton, as well as the entire Fort Worth horn section, gets high praise.

Mark Houghton, principal horn player of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, is a nimble acrobat. He breezed through Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 in Bass Hall on Friday night as if it were easy.


Robert Marsh
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Robert Marsh. When I was a kid, Mr. Marsh was an adjudicator for all the horn players at my local Solo and Ensemble contest. He was a Professor Emeritus at Ball State University.

A lesson on copyright and public domain
I follow Will Kimball’s  blog – mostly because he regularly posts really interesting imagery related to trombone history. Occasionally a horn or two will get captured in the mix. In regards to putting this material online, he had some interesting things to say recently.

Logo update
Visitors to the Horn Matters site may have noticed a theme update. I call it “Intergalactic.”

On praise and criticism

As performers we can become dependant on – even addicted to – praise. It was probably the praise we received very early in our musical lives about our performance in some concert or production that propelled us initially on our musical path.

But the further down the path we went, the more we realized that the other side of praise revealed something much less desirable: criticism. We could not tread this path without running into it, and it filled us with fear.


Updated ‘Trusted Brands’ Report
After getting back from a road trip, I updated the “Trusted Brands” survey – most notably the margin of error statement.

Random videos

An audience member at a Josh Groban concert gives an eyewitness account where a horn player in the orchestra gets a marriage proposal.

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A lesson in multiple tonguing

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Listen to the Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings performed by Peter Pears (tenot) and Dennis Brain (horn).

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Jacquelyn Adams in a live performance of Piazzolla’s “Oblivion.”

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