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By Jasper Rees

ISBN-10: 0061626619

ISBN-13: 9780061626616

ISBN-10: 0061725064

ISBN-13: 9780061725067

within the days sooner than his 40th birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees trades his pen for a French horn that has been collecting airborne dirt and dust within the attic for greater than twenty-two years, and, on a lark, performs it on the annual pageant of the British Horn Society.

regardless of an embarrassingly bad functionality, the adventure evokes Rees to embark on a frightening, extraordinary, and eventually successful trip: to come to the competition in a single year's time and play a Mozart concerto—solo—to a wide paying viewers.

A satan to Play is the real tale of an not likely midlife problem spent conquering 16 ft of wrapped brass tubing extensively considered as the main tricky tool to grasp, in addition to the main treacherous to play in public. it's the historical past 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 looking 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 charm—an endearing, inspiring story of perseverance and fulfillment, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key observe at a time.

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Just ten minutes a day. ” He produced a book with a picture of a French horn on the cover. A Tune a Day. He opened it. It was dense with text, and where there wasn’t text there were notes. Whole armies of them, incomprehensible hieroglyphs, scattered apparently at random up and down the page. ” He flicked through to the back of the book and started to write on the inside back page. “March 12 1975. Learn pages 4–7. Also read pages (ii) RUDIMENTS OF MUSIC onwards. Practice long notes on C, E and G, and the scale of C.

He produced a book with a picture of a French horn on the cover. A Tune a Day. He opened it. It was dense with text, and where there wasn’t text there were notes. Whole armies of them, incomprehensible hieroglyphs, scattered apparently at random up and down the page. ” He flicked through to the back of the book and started to write on the inside back page. “March 12 1975. Learn pages 4–7. Also read pages (ii) RUDIMENTS OF MUSIC onwards. Practice long notes on C, E and G, and the scale of C. ” He left the battered horn behind.

We’d start with the smallest and work our way up to the magnificent straight horn. This would be the finale. And now, ladies and gentlemen. That was the idea, anyway, but it was more or less impossible to tease any form of note out of the two small horns, so mostly we just fought over the bigger horns. We were always genuinely surprised at how difficult it was to extract a presentable noise. But then these horns weren’t designed to sound beautiful. In the preorchestral phase of its life, the horn’s job was to talk to the animals, or the army, or the enemy.

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