Random Monday: Fisticuffs, Clubs and a Contest of Will


A brawl at the hall
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in a concert hall, but most recently in Chicago…

Just as the second movement was drawing to a gentle close — with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the podium — a man in his 30s, according to police, started punching a 67-year-old man inside one of the boxes.


Berlin horns, live
From Die Harald Schmidt Show,  a live performance from the Berlin Horn Quartet.

Pittsburgh Horn Club
These guys sure get a lot of nice press. And it sounds like a fun group. They have a nice web site too.

The Pittsburgh Horn Club aids and abets our passion. Great horn players in and around Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have kept the standards high.

The horn is unique in its appearance, and so are its players. The sound of a well-played one can swoon in an orchestra or solidify a woodwind quintet. They can add heroism to movie soundtracks like the intro to “Star Trek” or menace as the villain in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”


Up close with principal hornist John Cox

I started playing horn professionally when I was fourteen. My first paid gig was to play one of the extra horn parts in Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” with the Owensboro Symphony.

During high school, I was taking private lessons from Paul Nolte, and he said, “Why don’t you take a couple of auditions.”

I replied, “What are those?”

He said, “That’s where you go and play for a conductor to see if he wants to hire you.”

I said, “Okay.”


Looking at the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste
At the National Public Radio web site, a must-see documentary that for myself, put all complaints into perspective.

The group’s open-air rehearsals are frequently punctuated by the noise and noxious clouds of dust and diesel spewed by cars and trucks passing along Kinshasa’s unpaved streets. Electrical outages are frequent — so much so that the orchestra has a routine to deal with the annoyance. One of the group’s violists, Joseph Masunda Lutete, knows to step in immediately: “When there’s a power cut,” he says, “I just drop my instrument and go start the generator.”


Random pictures

How musicians count measures rest
Along the lines of Travis Bennett’s call for taking responsibility in counting your measures rest, we have a comic strip from Tone Deaf Comics.


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Random videos

An anonymous duo.

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A contest of wills and high C’s.

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How it is made.

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Remind me to avoid this neck of the woods. Especially at night.

After you get bored with this, advance to the 2-minute mark for the final pièce de résistance.

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