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 amassing airborne dirt and dust within the attic for greater than twenty-two years, and, on a lark, performs it on the annual competition of the British Horn Society.
regardless of an embarrassingly bad functionality, the adventure conjures up Rees to embark on a frightening, strange, and eventually successful trip: to come to the competition 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 toes of wrapped brass tubing extensively considered as the main tough software to grasp, in addition to the main treacherous to play in public. it's the background of man's first musical tool, a compelling trip that strikes from the partitions of Jericho to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts membership Band , from the searching fields of France to the guts 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 observe at a time.
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I always have been. I hate it. I used to need hours to work out how to play a piece I didn’t know. It’s notational dyslexia. And now, to celebrate the start of my fifth decade, I’m being asked to read a piece of music I’ve never seen before in front of an actual audience? I quiver in indignation at some injustice I can’t quite put my finger on. This, I guess, is what happens when you come over all obsessive about something. Your bluff gets called, and suddenly it’s time to walk the walk. “It’ll be fine,” says Dave.
Silence. ” A smirk danced across his face. “Yes, sir. ” I retrieved A Tune a Day from the case, opened it to page 14, and put it on the music stand in front of me. Hurriedly I blew a note. The sniggering resumed. ” Mr. Hunt barked. I felt a shallowness in my chest and a tremor in my right knee. This was my introduction to performance anxiety. I was scandalized, even revolted, by the fact that nerves could not be controlled. “Abide with Me” is known the length and breadth of England as a footballing hymn.
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. Three and a half millennia before the birth of Christ, the craft of smelting copper and tin from naturally occurring outcrops of ore and compounding them into an alloy was discovered.
A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper Rees