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|Volume 5 Issue 3, May 2020|
Hello to one and all, and I hope you enjoy this second volume of our May "Horn and More" Newsletter!
I do hope you are all safe, sound, and healthy! By now, it seems like I've made my way through almost all of the horn's etude repertoire (I'm a crazed etude lover), but, luckily, there always seems to be a new volume I haven't experienced, and, with time on my hands in quarantine, I'm getting the chance to work through them all!
As you are all aware, from the IHS website as well as the last e-newsletter, we are all crushed by the necessity of canceling IHS52 in Eugene. I would, however, like to take this opportunity to announce a ray of sunshine in this cloudy time! Immediately after we made the necessary decision to cancel, members of the Advisory Council came forward with ideas of how we can still provide an inspirational and educational experience for the horn community, just not face-to-face. We've set right to work on this, and I am delighted to announce that we will be creating an online platform for approved presentations of IHS52!
Though we would all agree that there is nothing that compares to our annual Symposia and the great personal experiences they always are, the Advisory Council felt strongly that we did not want to have a blank year in our wonderful history of summer workshops. Overseen by our stupendous host, Lydia Van Dreel, and curated by past President Jeff Snedeker, we hope to create a digital experience that can provide, at least, a portion of the inspiration, fun and excitement that can fuel our passion for the horn and its music for the coming year. Now, this will be a work in progress, and it is certainly a first for the IHS, so watch www.hornsociety.org for more information and announcements as the logistics are finalized. Jeff Snedeker will be contacting approved presenters to solicit content, and we are hoping to have this digital workshop up and ready for you by August; when we would be meeting in Eugene.
It is also my hope that these presentations will begin to create a digital library of educational materials for the IHS; assisting the work of the Educational Resources Committee, which we recently formed to spearhead new ways the IHS can provide such informative resources for educators of all levels. This has been a passion and hope of mine since I was elected President, and I'm excited to see it start to take shape!
I want to express my sincerest thanks to all involved in this new endeavor, especially web guru Dan Phillips, Lydia Van Dreel, Jeff Snedeker, the Educational Resources Committee, and the entire IHS Advisory Council. Though nothing can take the place of the camaraderie of horn players in mass groups (like the extraordinary "Wake the Dragon" event in Ghent!), I am VERY excited that we are able to offer this to you! Be well, and more to come on this--keep a look out for it!
à quatre, tout seul
by Alexandre Collard
Pour cette video de Chostakovich et l'autre où je joue un quatuor d'Ilan Rechtman, les fameuses videos de l'appli Acapella m'ont été une belle source d'inspiration ! Je voulais faire du quatuor de cor pendant le confinement, avec mon très cher pupitre de l'Orchestre National de Lille, mais aussi tout seul, pour être obligé d'assurer le grave et l'aigu ! J'ai donc choisi un quatuor assez difficile, avec un grand ambitus : un jazzical de Rechtman. Je me suis vite rendu compte que le projet était trop ambitieux pour filmer chaque partie d'une traite rapidement (trop de contre Mi bémol, trop de notes, trop vite), j'ai donc décidé de me concentrer sur le son dans un premier temps, grace à GarageBand, le logiciel gratuit sur apple. Quand le résultat m'a plu suffisamment j'ai voulu en faire une vidéo, dehors dans le jardin, et j'ai découvert que l'autre logiciel mac iMovie me permettrait assez facilement d'apparaitre plusieurs fois à l'écran, parfait pour la situation ! Il ne me suffisait plus que de poser un bon appareil photo, et sans le toucher, jouer les quatre parties du quatuor à quatre endroits différents. Je ne m'attendais pas à ce que jouer en playback soit si difficile...! Puis j'ai suivi le HornQuartetChallenge de Bruce qui a d'abord sondé ses contacts cornistes sur le répertoire qui remporterait le plus de succès en arrangement pour quatuor de cors, et a ensuite offert librement le scherzo de la 10è de Chosta, nouveau défi parfait pour moi ! Je connaissais déjà les logiciels, je n'avais plus qu'à trouver une autre idée de scénario. Mon temps libre était principalement la nuit, après le coucher des enfants, et ce préau m'offrait un decor suffisamment effrayant pour coller à l'intensité et la gravité du mouvement. Une lampe solitaire, quelques bougies, un regard fixe camera avant et après avoir joué, j'avais l'ambiance qu'il me fallait. L'effet fantôme est une consequence fortuite de ma mauvaise utilisation d'iMovie pour me faire figurer quatre fois en meme temps ! L'ubiquité ne peut apparement pas sembler si réelle...
Bruce Richards has kindly made his brilliant arrangement from Shostakovich 10 available to Horn and More readers. You can download your copy here.
GALÁPAGOS, para trompa y acompañamiento de Dante Yenque
Interpretado por Giovanni Hofer
Dante Yenque, Principal de cornos de la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, ha compuesto esta pieza como dedicatoria a todos los músicos que se encuentran en este momento, aislados y apartados de su labor debido a la situación de salubridad que se vive a nivel mundial.
Esta obra del maestro Yenque, lleva por nombre la fuente de su inspiración: las Islas Galápagos, ubicadas en inmediaciones del Océano Pacífico, donde habita una gran variedad de fauna y flora, muchas de ellas exclusivas, un espacio en el que impera la ausencia del miedo en la convivencia entre las especies; recordando de esta forma a un planeta Tierra muy diferente al que vivimos ahora. Allí, los leones marinos, los delfines, las tortugas, los caballitos de mar, los pelícanos e incluso los tiburones están al alcance de la mano, no rehúyen la cercanía. Las iguanas se agrupan en los caminos, las tortugas gigantes marinas nadan junto a las personas que practican snorkel y los piqueros de patas azules, se cortejan en presencia de los visitantes. Todo esto, es lo que caracteriza a Galápagos y lo que lo convierte en un lugar único en el mundo, del cual podemos aprender.
Galápagos, es sin duda, un mensaje de esperanza y unión, un mensaje que invita a vivir en armonía.
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Solidarietà attraverso la musica - The Sicilian Horn Ensemble e altre iniziative
Salve a tutti, sono Angelo Bonaccorso docente di corno presso il Conservatorio V.Bellini di Catania e III Corno presso l’Orchestra del Teatro Massimo V.Bellini di Catania e rappresentante italiano IHS. La situazione qui in Italia a causa della pandemia è davvero difficile, abbiamo ancora molti decessi al giorno e il Governo ci ha giustamente ordinato di rimanere a casa. Speriamo che possa finire presto perché stanno soffrendo tante famiglie che hanno perso i loro cari e molti medici e infermieri oltre a perdere la loro vita si stanno sacrificando giornalmente per aiutare il prossimo.
Il lato positivo di questa quarantena (oltre a trascorrere più tempo con le nostre famiglie e soprattutto i nostri figli) è che sta sviluppando in noi più stimoli allo studio e alla creatività. Giornalmente sui social vediamo tantissimi video da parte di musicisti, cantanti, atleti, cuochi, ecc…. ognuno da un contributo per offrire qualcosa al prossimo, un segno di amicizia a distanza.
Tra queste iniziative, con il mio Sicilian Horn Ensemble, siamo stati tra i primi a pubblicare un nostro video montaggio (fatto dal nostro componente Salvo Visalli) in cui suoniamo a distanza un arrangiamento della colonna sonora di Jurassic Park. I componenti del gruppo: Bonaccorso Angelo, Manuele Catalano, Sebastian Mulè, Fabio Chillemi, Matteo Leone, Salvo Visalli, Daniele L'Abbate, Lorenzo Scolaro, Riccardo De Giorgi, Luca Grasso,Emanuele Giunta e Chiara Zito
Michael Thompson on "Lockdown Live"
Join London Sinfonietta Principal Horn Michael Thompson on Wednesday, May 5 at noon US Eastern Daylight Time for his take on the Hamburg Concert and the Messiaen Appel, as well as a new piece by Frank Horvat from Toronto. This will be part of the Sinfonietta's "lockdown Live" series on their YouTube channel
by Marlene Ford
Teaching horn lessons via Zoom is a lot different.
Many college and private horn teachers are seeing their students through some sort of online applications during this Coronavirus pandemic. It took me awhile, but Zoom turned out to be as easy as Tune-A-Day.
Once I was up and running, my students all showed up at their regular lesson times. With so much out of our control, this small routine of regular lesson times was comforting. What wasn’t routine, they missed. Driving to lessons, unpacking the horn and music, warming up and playing in front of the real me was a ritual missed.
The basic music work was pretty much the same: scales, etudes, solos, orchestral excerpts. I listen; they listen. I comment; they comment. Learning happens—sometimes because of me, sometimes despite me. Nothing changed there. I hadn’t considered that I could video record their lessons through Zoom. That was a boon for us all. On the flip side, we just couldn’t play together. No duets. There was the time delay and there was often distortion. Also, it didn’t make much sense to discuss sound quality as low notes sounded like barking dogs and high notes just disappeared.
Ah, what would horn playing be without a few laughs. Cherubini Sonata #1 is now played by the horns with an Italian villa background, one regularly has a gorilla as stand partner, and I’ve had the pleasure of my pedagogy being questioned by a student’s Google home device.
As we go into our third week at Zoom U., we are planning a studio class. If there are no recitals this semester, we can still play for each other. That will be a little different, but not totally different.
Virtual Membership Meeting!
Please stay tuned for information about our annual general meeting. We traditionally hold this meeting on the last day of the symposium, so this year we'll be doing it online. We will share date, time, and connection information closer to August, but are eager to connect with the membership in this way and update everyone on our previous year activities.
Freischütz in Grafenwoehr - an Army Captain's Tribute
by John Allred
In light of recent events with COVID-19, Soldiers living in Grafenwoehr and the 7th Army Training Command have started complying with local German provisions against the virus and actually anticipating changes as they occur to ensure Soldiers not only comply with local laws, but Army directives. This means a higher health protection level for Soldiers and their families. Day-to-day life has changed in a big way: Soldiers are working from home if considered non-essential, and families have been notified of the required changes. Most functions can be done digitally, so we have started using software that has allowed us to do the majority of work from our houses. Administrative measures are still seen to as we take measures against the virus, and Soldiers can still improve their physical endurance and strength.
For me, working from home has made things easier in some ways, but harder in others. It has allowed me more time with family and to develop my musicianship. I am not an Army musician, but a Troop Commander in the 2d Cavalry Regiment. My musical education and training occurred before I commissioned 8 years ago, but I still seek out opportunities to perform.
I was approached about making music for a Public Affairs project to highlight how we at 7th Army Training Command are still part of the German community. I naturally agreed, and I persuaded them into the Freischütz for a few reasons. First, Weber actually lived in Bavaria for a time before he wrote Freischütz. Second, we work in a training area, so an excerpt from an opera about bullets and marksmen was deemed appropriate. And third, I didn't really see a recording of "Ein Prosit" as a message we wanted our Soldiers to receive during a time of isolation. The Public Affairs team used the Acapella recording I made and overlaid it with our Commanding General's message in front of the Grafenwoehr tower, which is a landmark visible for miles around the training area and the namesake of our garrison, "Tower Barracks."
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Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund 2020
This fund was established by the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society in 1989. Meir Rimon (1946-1991) was Principal Horn of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and served three terms as Vice-President of the International Horn Society. In memory of our esteemed colleague who had a positive effect on many performers, composers, and audiences around the world, the fund was renamed in his honor in 1992. An annually updated list of works that have been supported by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund may be found in The IHS Online.
The purpose of this fund is to encourage new and significant compositions that feature the horn by offering needed financial assistance to qualified IHS members. Compositions of modest difficulty are particularly encouraged. Awards are granted by the Advisory Council of the IHS, which has sole discretion in the administration of this fund. The fund has a total of $8,000 available annually, but the Advisory Council reserves the right to offer less or more than this amount depending on the nature and merit of the proposed and selected projects.
All applications should be submitted electronically to the MEIR RIMON COMMISSIONING ASSISTANCE portal. The Deadline for Applications is May 15, 2020
If you have any questions about any of the rules, write for clarification:
The Casbah of Singapore
by Chai Suang Tan
Because of this pandemic, a lot of us are stuck at home, but this gave us an opportunity to connect with each other in a special way. We all studied with same teacher in Singapore, Mr. Han Chang Chou at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music:
Chai Suang Tan - Horn, National Center of Performing Arts Orchestra, Beijing
Some of us have never met in person, yet we united at this difficult time and managed to pull off this little project of ours, playing The Casbah of Tetouan by Kerry Turner. Not only that; we were also able to fill our time and keep ourselves fit and create some positive energy between ourselves. Hopefully by sharing this music with other people, we can share this positive energy with everyone and make the world a better place too.
Thank you and I wish you all the best and good health.
With best regards,
Let Us Hear From You
From Brent Shires, IHS Regional Workshop Coordinator
Hello! As your IHS Regional Workshop Coordinator, I invite you to consider hosting a horn-centric event. My IHS role, which I’ve held since 2003, is to help horn players around the world who are interested in putting together events that bring horn players together. Whether you may wish to hold a large 3-day regional workshop or a one-day local event, I can help assist potential hosts in many different capacities, such as providing sample budgets; identifying funding sources; brainstorming about best practices; providing document templates; avoiding schedule conflicts with other events; creating event schedules and negotiating discounts with hotels, to name a few.
One of the best things that the IHS offers to hosts is access to a small grant fund. Members can log in to hornsociety.org and apply for Regional Workshop Assistance Funds to help pay for initial costs of workshop organization. At this time, hosts can apply for funds ranging from up to $200 for 1-day events to $500 for 3 days or more. We particularly encourage hosts from underserved countries to apply.
Educación: Más apoyo a las Universidades de Latinoamérica
by Joel Arias
Anticipar y gestionar las crisis se ha convertido en una necesidad en el mundo de hoy, y las organizaciones han desarrollado rápidamente programas para satisfacer esta demanda en los últimos años. La pandemia de COVID-19 sirve como un recordatorio de la importancia de contar con planes efectivos de gestión de crisis y considerar el antes, el durante y el después.
Es por esta razón que en Latinoamérica se están tomando rápidamente medidas y estableciendo planes y convenios para prepararse hacia lo que viene en el futuro. Muchas instituciones académicas y culturales de Latinoamérica y Centroamérica están promoviendo enlaces académicos con algunas instituciones de países desarrollados para preparar a sus estudiantes y recibir clases de manera virtual con los profesionales de algunas Importantes Universidades de estos países del Primer Mundo. Desde el año 2015 yo soy el Profesor del Horn Studio de la Universidad de Panamá y por medio de algunos convenios institucionales se han realizado Festivales de Horn y Máster Clases con algunos de los más importantes Pedagogos de importantes instituciones de Norte America y Europa. Sin embargo, esto no es igual para otros países de Latinoamérica, especialmente para aquellos que están pasando desde hace algunos años por situaciones políticas y sociales críticas.
Mi propuesta concreta, en este boletín, es solicitar la creación de un programa de asistencia educativa que consista en enviar a algunos de sus asociados a los diferentes Conservatorios y Universidades de esos países. Muchas de esas Universidades y Conservatorios no tienen un presupuesto que les permita pagar los gastos de viaje para profesores invitados y mucho menos para cubrir los gastos de hotel y boletos aéreos internacionales.
El objetivo principal es la educación continua, promovida a través de la IHS, con el objetivo de preparar a esos estudiantes y brindarles con esto la oportunidad de proseguir sus estudios en otras instituciones reconocidas.
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