By Jasper Rees
within the days earlier than his 40th birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees trades his pen for a French horn that has been accumulating dirt 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 terrible functionality, the event evokes Rees to embark on a frightening, weird and wonderful, and finally successful trip: to come back 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 genuine tale of an not going midlife obstacle spent conquering 16 ft of wrapped brass tubing commonly considered as the main tricky device to grasp, in addition to the main treacherous to play in public. it's the historical past 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 searching fields of France to the guts of Hollywood. And it's the account of 1 man's mounting musical obsession, advised with pitch-perfect wit and an indisputable charmвЂ”an endearing, inspiring story of perseverance and fulfillment, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key word at a time.
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For a freshly minted horn obsessive who turns up on one of those freezing midwinter afternoons when the sun has clocked off at lunchtime, this is a sight to warm the heart. There, in a glass cabinet, are a dozen or so beautiful instruments. They are arranged in two rows, like a football team posing for a photo- A D E V I L TO P L AY 25 graph before a final. There are horns from the late seventeenth century through to the middle of the nineteenth century. The makers’ names have a rough artisanal flavor.
The Romanze is only four minutes long . . I think I’m in love. There are forty forty-year-olds sitting at an L-shaped table. They are assembled in the New Person In My Life’s deconsecrated pub. A fug of drink and conversation warms the long main room. It’s my fortieth birthday, and I am having one of the best evenings of my entire adulthood. There are also two parents and two daughters. Food has been served, speeches have been made, glasses raised to this and that. To my surprise and delight, Dave has turned up with a horn and a string quartet called Stringendo.
A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument by Jasper Rees