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By Jasper Rees
within the days prior to his 40th birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees trades his pen for a French horn that has been collecting dirt within the attic for greater than twenty-two years, and, on a lark, performs it on the annual competition of the British Horn Society.
regardless of an embarrassingly negative functionality, the adventure evokes Rees to embark on a frightening, weird and wonderful, and finally profitable trip: to come back to the competition in a single year's time and play a Mozart concertoвЂ”soloвЂ”to a wide paying viewers.
A satan to Play is the genuine tale of an not likely midlife challenge spent conquering 16 toes of wrapped brass tubing generally considered as the main tricky software to grasp, in addition to the main treacherous to play in public. it's the background of man's first musical software, a compelling trip that strikes from the partitions of Jericho to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts membership Band , from the searching fields of France to the guts of Hollywood. And it's the account of 1 man's mounting musical obsession, advised with pitch-perfect wit and an indisputable charmвЂ”an endearing, inspiring story of perseverance and success, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key observe at a time.
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They may ply their trade in a European capital still scarred by the memory of a wall sliced right through its own midriff. But horn players of whatever nationality are united by a connective tissue, plugged into a matrix that only they fully understand. That understanding begins as soon as, like Andrei Gloukhov or Phil Myers or Stefan Dohr, like Lowell Greer or Dave Lee, they find themselves hooked. It may be an accident, but once they chance upon the horn, it seems there is no question of a choice, no possibility of turning back.
A Celtic horn known as a karnyx proliferated across Europe. In 1816 fragments of a karnyx were dug up in the Moray Firth. In 2004 five more were found, all but one decorated with boar’s heads, in central France. The instrument is documented in a Celtic attack on Delphi in 279 bc. Three karnyx players are represented on the Gundestrup Cauldron from the first century bc performing in some sort of ritualistic ceremony. As few whole horns have been dug up, it’s assumed that though the bell and A D E V I L TO P L AY 43 mouthpiece were metal, the curlicued middle section was made of wood.
It may be an accident, but once they chance upon the horn, it seems there is no question of a choice, no possibility of turning back. It’s as if there is a call of nature, an atavistic summons. The instrument works its magic. And now it is working its spell on me. For the next year, there will be no release. CHAPTER 2 THE IPSO FACTOR The call to war resounded from the winding horn —Seneca, Oedipus he last strains of “Old McDonald’s Farm” die away, along with its testing sequence of quavers and semi-quavers.
A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper Rees