Engaging with the natural notes
of the (French) horn
The Brass Whisperer's main aim is to play with subtle music tunings and coax brass players (and other musicians) into achieving delicious harmonies. Resources for student French horn players are also featured.
Concert Three features brass trios: Michael Hugh Dixon, Gregory van der Struik, Ed Diefes perfoming Michael Bakrnčev his new work 'Crying Leaf'. Terumi Narushima's 'Near and Far.' My new trio 'Flourish.'
I am grateful to have been born into a musical family, hearing my older sisters and my dad practising. All five of us kids learnt piano from mum’s mum. Dad taught all the brass, we all tried strings, my brother and I drumming. I took to the trumpet, then french horn and composed in my teens. All of this in Auckland. I wanted to play in orchestras professionally, dropping out of school to do that in Sydney. I love rhythm and also love finding good tuning and playing in small groups. This evolved to a fascination with microtones, playing them and getting others to play them especially in lovely harmonies. I teach, as well, and some of my students kind of get my interest in intonation.
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