The Glass Bead Game

The video above is of James Bechel’s horn concerto, “The Glass Bead Game,” which is a wonderful piece of music. I recently bought a CD which contains that piece, as well as David Maslanka’s trombone concerto, of which there are likewise recordings online, such as this one with Michael Mulcahy as soloist. [Read more…]

Hail the Conquering Hero

Here’s my son making his first solo French horn performance, accompanied by me on the piano. The piece is “Hail the Conquering Hero” from Judas Maccabaeus by Georg Friedrich Händel, in the arrangement by Arthur Frackenpohl. The melody is probably more familiar to some as the tune from the hymn “Thine Be The Glory” (among English [Read More…]