Jasper Rees's A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the PDF


By Jasper Rees

ISBN-10: 0061626619

ISBN-13: 9780061626616

ISBN-10: 0061725064

ISBN-13: 9780061725067

within the days sooner than his 40th birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees trades his pen for a French horn that has been accumulating airborne dirt and dust within the attic for greater than twenty-two years, and, on a lark, performs it on the annual pageant of the British Horn Society.

regardless of an embarrassingly bad functionality, the adventure conjures up Rees to embark on a frightening, strange, and finally successful trip: to come back to the competition in a single year's time and play a Mozart concerto—solo—to a wide paying viewers.

A satan to Play is the genuine tale of an not likely midlife obstacle spent conquering 16 ft of wrapped brass tubing commonly 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 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 charm—an endearing, inspiring story of perseverance and fulfillment, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key be aware at a time.

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When we were too young to object, we were taken to the meet. The setting was always the same. On top of each horse was a person in uniform: black coat with yellow collar, hard riding hat, whip, coarsely woven white gloves, cravat and pin, knee-high leather boots. Two of these people would be our parents. Perhaps because he spent his week in London, my father seemed determined to go as native as possible at the weekend. He took to wearing a top hat, and even a pink coat. (Pink, as in red. One of the peculiarities of hunting folk is a selective form of color blindness.

My own knowledge of his musicianship was mostly confined to the Gilbert and Sullivan songs he’d sing of an evening. Accompanying himself on the piano, in which he was entirely self-taught, he lived by the credo that where accuracy is lacking, volume is an appropriate substitute. The more claret he’d drunk, the more he assaulted the keys. When we drove to west Wales every Christmas he was wheeled out to sing in more restrained style for his parents’ friends in an elegant drawing room with Gothic windows, while his mother accompanied him with delicacy and refinement at her own baby grand.

The applause is long and loud and entirely ironic. I am profoundly embarrassed. 56 JASPER REES And then the devil gets into me. I met almost everyone here after leaving school. They never knew I once played the horn, let alone ever heard me. But they all know I’ve been tooling around on the instrument for a few weeks, and so far as they can tell from the available evidence, I have the competence of a ten-year-old beginner. I feel the need for some sort of redress. No, no, I want to say, you’ve got the wrong idea.

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