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A Devil to Play: One Man's Year-Long Quest to Master the Orchestra's Most Difficult Instrument

A DEVIL TO PLAY: ONE MAN'S YEAR-LONG QUEST TO MASTER THE ORCHESTRA'S MOST DIFFICULT INSTRUMENT

by: Rees, Jasper
Format: Paperback

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Product Description In the days before his fortieth birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees traded his pen for a French horn that had been gathering dust in the attic for more than twenty-two years and, on a lark, played it at the annual festival of the British Horn Society. Despite an embarrassingly poor performance, the experience inspired Rees to embark on a daunting, bizarre, and ultimately winning journey: to return to the festival in one year's time and play a Mozart concerto—solo—to a large paying audience. A Devil to Play is the true story of an unlikely midlife crisis spent conquering eighteen feet of wrapped brass tubing widely regarded as the most difficult instrument in the world to master—an endearing, inspiring tale of perseverance and achievement, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key note at a time. From the Back Cover In the days before his fortieth birthday, London-based journalist Jasper Rees traded his pen for a French horn that had been gathering dust in the attic for more than twenty-two years and, on a lark, played it at the annual festival of the British Horn Society. Despite an embarrassingly poor performance, the experience inspired Rees to embark on a daunting, bizarre, and ultimately winning journey: to return to the festival in one year's time and play a Mozart concerto—solo—to a large paying audience. A Devil to Play is the true story of an unlikely midlife crisis spent conquering eighteen feet of wrapped brass tubing widely regarded as the most difficult instrument in the world to master—an endearing, inspiring tale of perseverance and achievement, relayed masterfully, one side-splittingly off-key note at a time. About the Author A journalist with two decades of experience, Jasper Rees has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Evening Standard, and The Times. He lives in London.

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Product Code: 9780061626623
ISBN: 0061626627
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2009-12-08
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.2 x 0.79 x 7.87 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds