In this series I will write about the horn-players that have consistently inspired me for several years. The ones that I keep returning to – whose recordings I somehow can't shake. Obviously there are others I admire as well, and I do believe that there is an element of chance in how one's heroes are selected. My first horn-hero was Hermann Baumann. When I was a teenager, he was at the height of his recording days, and especially the series of recordings that he put out on
The Sonata has come full circle: from describing a piece of music that was sounded (i.e. instrumental music, as opposed to "cantata" - which was sung), it came to mean a specific, formal arrangement of musical ideas. Recently, I think it has become acceptable to name any work for a solo instrument and piano "sonata"? I have long been fascinated with both ideas – to write a multi-movement recital piece for my own instrument, and to see if I could write in actual sonata form.
I had the great fortune to work with Maestro Jens Nygaard for several years. I've never met a musician that made a stronger impression on me. I had one or two more conventional private horn-lessons with him, and while they were tremendously informative and inspiring, the moment that will stay with me forever is when I observed him practicing before a perfomance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Jens Nygaard had been a child prodigy, trained at Juilliard to become a concert
I had been wondering for several years: How difficult would it be to create a website? Is it really necessary? Would I need to update it continuously? Would it just be a distraction to my art? I'll answer the questions in order. Creating the website was in fact ridiculously easy - and I expect it to only become easier and easier. Using Wix was as self-explanatory as I could have dreamt of, yet left me with the feeling of having near unlimited options for how to present