I had the opportunity to take a look into the recently published “Solo Duet Training” written by Dr. James Boldin. At first I thought it was all about the replacement of the the piano/orchestral part with a horn accompaniment for duos. However it was a very enjoyable surprise to me to find out that this book is far beyond that. It is really chamber music! A lot better than simply accompanying, it allows students to switch parts and this way to get to know better the other music lines. Students often tend to practice their parts only and this means only a little one side of the story. Like an actor, a horn player must prepare his parts carefully but playing music requires both the technical proficiency and the story telling. These duos are a step forward in to prepare musicians and not simply instrumentalists and also by giving the students a quick glance on what the other part is “saying” and inspiring them to look forward when they are playing these pieces with piano or orchestra.

Ricardo Matosinhos

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This book was published in 2015 by Mountain Peak Music

The weight of a horn has impact on the sound characteristics of the instrument but most of the time also on the back of the player. A lot of players develop problems in their back due to a very heavy horn. Of course, these problems can develop also due bad posture, a instrument not properly fit to the player or lack of regular rest.

I've decided to create this post with information I've collected from different Horn Makers as well as information sent by users. Younger players should have special care and avoid too large or heavy horns, so most of the time the right choice would be a, small wrap children horn (F or Bb), a single horn (F or Bb) or even a compensated horn. This subject should be discussed with your horn teacher, that might advise you for the best instrument, according your physical characteristics and needs.

I've found recently a group of old photos I took playing horn during a solar eclipse. In 2015's eclipse I've tried to replicate the experience, but the cloudy weather didn't helped. If you look closely, you can see the eclipse shape in the shadows.

During music practice, for example during a class or an exam, we need to use random notes, in order to choose the music scale the student will play.

I thought about a music dice, did some research, and saw some music dice available on the market using English music notes nomenclature, but none including the note names system commonly used in Portugal. So I decided to start working and creating my own music dice.

Already available at AvA Musical Editions website Osvaldo Lacerda's (1927 - 2011) works for Horn and Piano and for Horn Solo!

This is a awesome edition project I had the opportunity to participate, consisting in bringing to life Lacerda's manuscripts, allowing his works to be known all over the world. I've been in contact with Lacerda's family and friends that gave me interesting information that helped on the edition process and I had the pleasure to play a recital including some of his works. For now only his music for horn and piano and for horn solo is available at AvA Musical Editions, however his colossal catalogue is something that worth to discover. Lacerda writes very idiomatically for horn and you can always listen a little bit of Brazil in horn music.