Historically Uninformed Reviewer?

In the Arizona Republic this morning I was greeted by an interesting review of the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble concert. Music director Michael Christie has recently promoted an initiative to have more “historically informed” performances by members of the Phoenix Symphony, using Baroque bows, etc. Reviewer Richard Nilsen in “A welcome wave of ‘informed’ Baroque” […]

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Maxime Alphonse, International Man of Mystery


Probably every month during the school year I receive notes from horn students trying to research horn players of the past who are trying to find information on Maxime Alphonse. While he is the author of the widely used six volume set of horn etudes, believe it or not I actually have very little information […]

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One Reason Why We Work on Maxime-Alphonse

Tonight I had a rehearsal with the ASU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, the first rehearsal of a piece we are performing in a few weeks, the Quintet by Jean Francaix. Especially tonight I thought to myself this is why we work on Maxime-Alphonse book V, to play pieces like this well. It is mostly written in […]

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My Favorite Horn Recording

A couple days ago I was asked what my favorite horn recording was. This was easy to answer. I still remember buying the record as an undergrad about 1981 at Musicland in a mall in Topeka, KS. The recording is Original Instruments Horn by Hermann Baumann, a Telefunken LP. Partially it is just great playing […]

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C-sharp Should be One of your Best Notes

Intonation is always a topic among hornists. One note I listen for carefully is C-sharp, third space. This should be a great note; often it is not. The C just below this note (fourth space) should be one of your very best notes; no valve slide compromise settings are involved, and it is a good […]

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Horn Players Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

Horn soloist and composer Lawrence Lowe was in Tempe yesterday, where he performed two solos (the “traditional version” of the Mozart Concert Rondo [without the sixty newly discovered bars] and the third movement of his Sonata No. 1 for horn) with the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble (a community group) and presented a version of his […]

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Professors who Blog

Today in the Arizona Republic one of the front page articles is on professors who blog, “Professors braving frontiers of Web to expand class reach.” I was actually contacted by the reporter as a part of her research. I believe this blog was not quite what she was looking for as an example as it […]

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