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Happy Birthday, Frøydis
The International Horn Society wishes Frøydis Ree Wekre a happy 80th birthday! Her performances, teaching, publications, and interviews over the past several decades have enriched us all and have left an indelible mark on the horn world for years to come. What follows is a “Top Ten” list of advice for horn players, distilled from her vast experience and powers of observation, as well as a reprint of a recent interview, conducted by Lindsey Stoker, courtesy of the British Horn Society. Thank you, Frøydis!
Tips From Frøydis Ree Wekre
- Work smart - Quality beats quantity, every time. Of course as horn players we need both, but who want to listen to somebody strong, who plays without beauty and finesse?
- Have some luck – highly recommended, unfortunately, can not be guaranteed.
- Have stamina – stay with it
- Be creative – maybe a new approach to practicing or whatever, once in a while? Change the order of things? Be sure to have some fun?
- Be open to new ideas and solutions – same as above….
- Find the best teachers for you (this includes being your own best teacher). This is a big issue. Some teachers are good for some students, but not necessarily for all.
- Stay curious – speaks for itself
- Stay away from cynisism – for your own wellbeing, and also for the wellbeing of those around you
- Be respectful – this usually makes for a better climate between people and thus around yourself
- Have more luck – again, take it in when it occurs and welcome it. Your turn may occur before you know.
The following interview between Frøydis Ree Wekre and Lindsey Stoker appears here with the kind permission of the British Horn Society and the author.
Acoustics - Recording the horn
by Frederik Rostrup
Listen to the music while you read! This link will take you to the available sources in your part of the world.
Horn recording is different from recording most other sound sources because the horn is an ambient instrument. That means that the sound of the horn is inherently bound to the surroundings in which it is played. Most horn players have had the experience of sound technicians placing microphones pointing into the bell, resulting in turning the horn into a trombone, in which case they should have hired trombone players instead. Generally speaking, the horn needs a minimum of one reflection before the microphone picks it up to yield that horn sound. This means that the horn should be miked from a position in front of the horn player. Urban legend has it that Hermann Baumann preached this gospel. Can any of you readers confirm that?
In the winter of 2021, the pandemic lockdown gave us time we would otherwise never have found to do this project. We recorded for 10 consecutive days. We were fortunate to have friends and sponsors lending us a church, a concert grand and good microphones. We had a grand design, but out of necessity we scaled it down. It...
Recording Piazzolla: A Conversation with Bayres Horns
BAYRES HORNS es un cuarteto de cornos que tiene como principal objetivo difundir un nuevo repertorio, principalmente la música argentina y latinoamericana. Está integrado por Fernando Chiappero, Luis Ariel Martino, Gustavo Ibacache y Christian Morabito, todos miembros de las Orquestas Filarmónica y Estable del Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Desde sus comienzos, en 2017, BAYRES HORNS se ha presentado en numerosos conciertos e importantes Festivales tales como: 49th IHS International Symposium (International Horn Society) en Natal (Brasil),VEncontroBrasileirodeTrompistas,FestivalyMundialInternacionaldeTango – TANGOBA 2018 (Argentina); Temporada de Conciertos en el SODRE (Montevideo, Uruguay) y del Ciclo Interpretes Argentinos en el Teatro Colón (Argentina).
Fernando Chiappero: “Personalmente creo que en la vida de todo músico está siempre presente el deseo y la necesidad de dar espacios a proyectos propios; que estimulen la creatividad y el desarrollo de nuestras ideas y capacidades”.
Christian Morabito: “Cuando visitamos otros países muchas veces nos preguntan... Por qué BAYRES? “BAYRES” es una expresión popular en Argentina que significa Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Elegimos este nombre porque claramente nos representa culturalmente y geográficamente. BAYRES es BUENOS AIRES.”
En 2018 BAYRES HORNS lanza su primer álbum CONCERTANGO, un disco dedicado al TANGO en todos sus estilos. El CD CONCERTANGO se encuentra disponible en todas las plataformas digitales como así también en formato físico.
Luis Ariel Martino: “Algo estaba muy claro entre nosotros y era la necesidad de ofrecer al público y al mundo musical una alternativa diferente a lo ya conocido. Hace tiempo que en Latinoamérica han surgido nuevas propuestas que expresan una necesidad de reencontrarnos con nuestras raíces. Con certeza esa fue nuestra principal motivación que da forma a este proyecto. “
Gottfried von Freiberg (1908-1962)
(This fascinating article will also appear (in English) in the October 2021 Horn Call.)
Hornist, Teacher, Role Model
by Robert Freund
English Translation by Elisabeth Freund-Ducatez and Cecilia Cloughly
The following is an excerpt from the author’s new book on Gottfried von Freiberg, self-published in December 2020, and available from email@example.com.
Who was Gottfried von Freiberg?
Let me say it straightaway: Gottfried von Freiberg was my horn teacher, was our professor at the Academy, and a role model for an entire generation of horn players in Austria. To date, nothing has been written about him, except for a few scarce lines in encyclopedias, written in a very general and impersonal manner.
Therefore, in 2018-2019, I began to make notes and compile thoughts about his origins, his family, and his musical studies. I researched why he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra for one season before returning to Nazi Vienna, and how he survived the war and the Nazi era. What were the circumstances of the world premiere of Richard Strauss’s Second Horn Concerto, with Freiberg as soloist in Salzburg in 1943? As the questions accumulated, I began to write down facts.
Career in the Interwar Period
Gottfried von Freiberg was born in Vienna on April 11, 1908, into the family of a senior civil servant. He studied horn at the Vienna Music Academy with the famous Karl Stiegler, solo horn of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who happened to be his uncle. Freiberg’s career began in 1927 as the first horn in Karlsruhe (Germany), where the Viennese conductor Josef Krips was chief conductor. Only one year later, in 1928, Freiberg became assistant 1st horn at the Vienna Philharmonic, next to Stiegler. After Stiegler’s death in 1932, Freiberg took over the position as first solo horn at the age of 24 years, as well as his late uncle’s teaching position at the Vienna...
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