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Pithy Quotes from Sir Thomas Beecham on Music

The grand tune is the only thing in music that the great public really understands. The humor of Sir Thomas Beecham, though tinged with cynicism,...

A Summer to Remember—1983; An Interview with Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards recently wrote in his site Living the Dream of “Four Summers That Changed My Life.” I was particularly interested to read this...

Horn-tastic TV Show Themes (III)

From the world of Star Trek. Science fiction and fantasy shows, and the French horn seem to go together like a hand in a glove....

Answers to Search Terms (II)

Continued from Part I. More comments on Google search terms that hit on this blog: how to play Iron Man (or XXX) on french horn The best...

Silverado, and Why We Play the Horn

One project I gave to the studio last week was for everyone to learn the opening six bars of Silverado. Why I did this...

FECHOPS: Some Brief Memories of Calvin Smith

FECHOPS -- Iron Chops -- that was on the license plate of Calvin Smith. It is with sadness we at Horn Matters report his...

Vienna Horns Jurassic Park

Fans of the Vienna Horn should love this new video. I do! The topic is the Vienna Horn on Mellocast episode 105. I have touched...

Debbie Reynolds and the NY Philharmonic: a Look at LIFE Photography

Beautiful photography from Life magazine. I was a little kid when Look and Life were regular staples in magazine aisles. Both were periodicals devoted to...

Getting Fearless with Jeff Nelsen

This week we had a surprise visitor to our horn studio class at Arizona State, Jeff Nelsen, formerly of the Canadian Brass and presently...

Milan Yancich (1921-2007)

Over the weekend I learned of the passing on Friday of Milan Yancich at the age of 86. A longtime faculty member at Eastman,...