More creativity in lockdown


So much is possible in times of Corona! writes Chandra.

With this video clip, Chandra fulfils his musical dream of being the greatest player of the incredibly difficult instrument: the natural horn. He plays his own cadenza* for Mozart’s famous 3rd Horn Concerto on the world’s greatest stage: YouTube. He then takes the conductor’s place for the orchestral conclusion of this wonderful concerto – at home in his pajamas!

He writes: “Have fun watching. And fulfil your own wildest dreams!”

*The term cadenza often refers to a portion of a concerto in which the orchestra stops playing, leaving the soloist to play alone a written or improvised piece, which refers to melodies of the concerto, and shows his instrumental skills and virtuosity.

In case you were wondering how this instrument is played – without keys: Notes in the harmonic series (overtones, natural scale) can be played by modulating the lip tension, the same as with modern brass instruments. But without valves, the natural horn has several gaps in its tonal range. To play more notes, around 1750, a hand-stopping technique was developed, whereby the player can modify the pitch of a note by inserting a cupped hand into the bell. This technique changes the timbre as well as the pitch. Mozart wrote all his compositions for horn for this type of instrument (more on Wikipedia). In the video, Chandra uses an original natural horn from around 1820.

Chandra used to play this horn professionally in orchestras that use period instruments to perform music written before 1850. Together with two friends, in this video he plays a short piece of his own, where you can enjoy the colorful sound changes of natural horns.

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Chandra is a musician, choir master, and photographer, presently living in Switzerland.

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