Random Monday: Hello World

Hello world. My name is Bruce Hembd. Life for me has been a bit complicated over the past year, and so I have been away from this place for a good while. Please do not be worried. The ordeal is not life-threatening. I still have all ten fingers and toes, but let’s just say that […]

Quick Tip: Final Recital Preparation

Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer is one of the works on my annual recital that is new to me as a performer. Working on this has been very interesting and enjoyable, especially the process of moving from knowing the work to a point to having worked on it in more depth. Part of that process […]

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Recital Notes, 2013 Edition

My annual horn recital will occur on Sunday, October 20, 2013, 5:00, Katzin Concert Hall at the Arizona State University School of Music, assisted by Yi-Wan Liao, piano, and members of the Arizona State University Horn Studio. Last week some information was posted on the Mozart (see that article for even more), but more complete […]

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TPTV: Clevenger on Jacobs


An ongoing series of YouTube videos is TubaPeopleTV. Hosted and created by Michael Grose of the University of Oregon, this week the new episode is an interview with horn legend Dale Clevenger on his memories of Arnold Jacobs. Jacobs and Clevenger are both icons of the brass world, making for a doubly interesting topic. From the […]

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On Choosing the Right (Natural) Horn and Mouthpiece

This year on my annual recital one work will again be on natural horn. Between my personal instruments and Arizona State I have access to three different natural horns. The work I am performing is in D and those three instruments can be crooked in D at least eight different ways. On top of that […]

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On Oral Cavity Shape and Pitch Level


Recently on the Horn People group a question was posted that related to pitch centering, and what it was getting at I believe was the question of how could pitch level be different between different players playing on the same horn? It is a good question and a ways down into the thread (it had […]

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And more on the Veneklasan Horn


Earlier this year we posted two articles by Walter Hecht on the horns made by Mark Veneklasen. See: Mark S. Veneklasen–Horn Visionary, 1944-2013 More on the Veneklasen V1 and V2 Following up, Hecht has a longer, more definitive article out now “covering all questions I repetitively get on this subject,” that is hosted on the […]

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