Random Monday: Going Dutch, Furry Footstools and The Dude


Going Dutch Over the past month, I have been involved in a production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. The staging was a bit unusual in that the orchestra was onstage as a part of the naval-inspired set. Having performed the entire Ring cycle a few times, I feel that in many ways this opera was more difficult, […]

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University of Horn Matters Extra: Four Types of Students


Recently I was pointed toward some resources on teaching that shed light on a topic I intuitively comprehended but had not seen laid out so clearly. It is a topic area not addressed at all in any of the classic horn methods and also very worthy of a brief bonus article in the horn pedagogy […]

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Pele, a recent work for horn and wind ensemble by Brian Balmages


This coming Sunday afternoon I will be performing at Arizona State University a very attractive, recent work for horn and wind ensemble, Pele by Brian Balmages. For me the work was actually a YouTube find, and it is one that deserves to be better known. In the website of the composer it is listed as […]

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Testing the Soft Playing


Briefly following up on my recent article on testing a new or used French horn, a topic that has come up several times since then is the topic of soft playing. One would tend to think all you need to do to play soft is to play soft! Of course there is a long discussion […]

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Random Monday: Better Late than Never


Last week I took a road trip to New Mexico in order to take care of some business, and also to get some work done on my horn. Regular readers might remember that a few years ago, I had some custom work done on my old Yamaha, and that I was tremendously happy with the […]

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A Mouthpiece Story and a Favorite Horn Ensemble Work


Two short items from ASU horn life last week are the focus today. Brahms will conclude, but first up, I was reminded this week how easy it can be to be fooled by preconceived notions what the problem could be. Without giving away brands and models at all, a student had perplexing problems in the […]

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Hornmasters Extra: Harry Berv


Working on the articles that became the “Hornmasters” series in Horn Matters, one name and method that had been unfamiliar to me was that of Harry Berv. Just a few days ago a fascinating remembrance of Berv by a former student was posted, and to begin, I highly recommend reading this article! It is a […]

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