YouTube Horn Highlights: David, Patrick, and Anneke

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There are so many interesting resources on YouTube, and today we have three that in various ways relate to recent horn news.

First up, unless you have been living under a rock you may have noted the news on Facebook and elsewhere that David Cooper just won one of the Principal Horn positions in the Berlin Philharmonic. This is big news: the official press release is here. Like many, you may not have heard of him previously or did not know much, and are wondering, how does he sound? Like any good horn player today, of course he has his own YouTube channel, and this video can serve as an introduction:

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The reason I chose this one was the first Principal Horn from Berlin I ever heard live was Gerd Seifert at a horn workshop in Illinois when I was an undergrad — playing this piece! It was a very impressive performance I remember to this day. Also, for those wondering about equipment, Cooper notes in a comment to this video that in 2013 he was playing a 2011 Rauch horn. Congratulations to Cooper, he clearly is a player to watch!

Speaking of players to watch, this next horn video is of a very different sort but has been viewed a lot, recently passing the 1,000,000 views mark! It is FHornPatrick, seen below with his Crazy Frog French Horn Loop Cover:

Patrick has over 100 videos on his channel, do check it out if you liked the above.

Finally, one recent trend is to make YouTube trailers for recording releases, and I really like the series of videos done by The Prince Regent’s Band in relation to their new recording, The Celebrated Distin Family. Each video (the channel is here) gives some new historical perspective on the music, narrated by Anneke Scott, natural hornist but in this case performing on period alto brass instruments. For example in the below:

And a bonus video, as New Year’s is soon, a bit more of The Prince Regent’s Band playing a seasonal favorite on cornets and Saxhorns. Move over Guy Lombardo! Regular readers know I am a big fan of historic instrument recordings, and in particular the Saxhorns and Distin are an interest as they were topics I first looked at for a research paper way back in high school.

Be watching for more posts of this type as an occasional series. If you have videos that you consider to be particularly newsworthy or related to recent news feel free to contact John Ericson.