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Articles with a focus on horns used in the 19th century and before

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

A few answers to questions on my Rescued! CD

A group of questions came my way related to my Rescued! CD, released last year. The first answer has to do with the horn...

A quick look at a vintage horn with piston valves

A topic that comes up periodically is piston valves, as in why are they not used on horns? They actually have been; a couple...

On the single F horn, part VIII: My new CD Rescued!,...

Back in 2015 I started posting articles (starting here) that lead up to this one-- the new CD is done! With special thanks to...

On the single F horn, part VII: Progress!

When I last posted about my current CD project in September (here), things seemed to be moving along well and actually they were. Then...

An epic 19th century horn and low brass recital

This coming week/weekend I will be performing an epic recital on 19th century instruments with Douglas Yeo, my wonderful trombone colleague these few past...

From the Mailbag: On that 1860 onwards CD project

Received recently was a message with questions on my CD project that I mentioned in the summer/fall. It is coming! The articles on this...

On the single F horn, part VI: First edits done, and...

When I was starting this series (here) I was really just beginning to firm up ideas toward this recording project, having had a long interest...

Reinecke, Gumpert, Kruspe, and more on the 19th century horn

Recently received was a question from Pierre-Antoine Tremblay (website here). He had very recently recorded Reinecke's 1906 Trio for horn, clarinet and piano on...

On the single F horn, part IV: Fun with crooks

As part of ramping up toward the F horn recording project (series starts here) I realized that the crook I was using certainly left...