By Jasper Rees
within the days sooner than 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 pageant of the British Horn Society.
regardless of an embarrassingly negative functionality, the event conjures up Rees to embark on a frightening, strange, and eventually profitable trip: to come to the pageant in a single year's time and play a Mozart concertoвЂ”soloвЂ”to a wide paying viewers.
A satan to Play is the real tale of an not going midlife situation spent conquering 16 ft of wrapped brass tubing generally considered as the main tricky tool to grasp, in addition to the main treacherous to play in public. it's the background of man's first musical device, 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 center of Hollywood. And it's the account of 1 man's mounting musical obsession, instructed with pitch-perfect wit and an indisputable charmвЂ”an endearing, inspiring story of perseverance and success, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key be aware at a time.
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Perhaps that’s why there were so many horns. They were used for signaling danger. But why would anyone want to bury twentytwo of them? And not just for twenty-two years. I return from the British Horn Society festival inflamed with enthusiasm. I have articulated, if only to myself, the pipe dream of going back in twelve months’ time and playing a solo. For the moment, I keep my lofty ambition to myself. I don’t tell the New Person In My Life. I don’t tell Dave. The chances are that it will never happen.
The great thing about wind instruments is you can only ever play one note at a time. You never have to play a chord of two or more notes. So theoretically this ought to be easy. But if you suffer from notational dyslexia, it just isn’t. Reading music where the notes are one away from where you’re used to them being is a bit like deciphering a code in which letters are replaced by their neighbor in the alphabet. ” How about “Uijse Dpodfsup gps Ipso jo F Gmbu”? ” In World War II, when German U-boats patrolling the North Atlantic sent their deadly encryptions back to the whirring hub of the Nazi machine, the messages were intercepted and sent to Bletchley Park, where Cambridge mathematicians crammed in huts used huge computers to help them unjumble this sort of gobbledygook.
Her fear of the high brass must have been overwhelming. I became fascinated by the sound of the horn, and the director began giving up his Saturday mornings to teach me privately. One day he used the term ‘professional horn player,’ at which point I sat up alert. The idea of subbing out of a ‘real job’ and playing the horn for a living was a no-brainer for me. ” On March 12, 1975, the bell rang. It was a Wednesday, so we’d have just had swimming at school. On the doorstep stood a rather serious man in his twenties.