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I Found My Horn

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I Found my Horn is the story of an obsession with the French Horn, and where acting on a whim can lead you. It has many elements: an eccentric love story, the diary of a midlife crisis, a public-school memoir, a left-field travel book, incorporating a set of celebrity interviews. It is essentially the chronicle of a mid-life makeover which has the tension of a thriller. There have been technical books for specialists on playing the horn, books on classical composers, even a biography of Dennis Brain, the greatest horn player of the 20th century. But there has been no book about an ordinary person's love of and struggles with any musical instrument, let alone the horn. Jasper Rees took the instrument up again, 22 years after giving it up on leaving school. The book heads towards a specific goal: a public performance. The task Jasper set himself was to perform a Mozart concerto at the British Horn Society festival at the Guildhall, exactly one year after he first took up the instrument at the same event - then he played the Hallelujah chorus in a 70-string massed horn ensemble. A year on, he is performing solo at the horn equivalent of the FA Cup final. This is the story of how he did it (or did not!).
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Will appeal to fans of TV reality series like Faking It; to everyone who abandoned an instrument they played at school but always wondered about taking it up again one day; and to those people who would never ordinarily consider reading a book about classical music This eccentric tale is told through the enticingly readable words of journalist Jasper Rees.

About the Author

Jasper Rees has been a freelance journalist since 1989. He writes arts features for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times, and has also reported on football for the Independent on Sunday. He is the author of 'Wenger: the Making of a Legend' and 'Blizzard: Race to the Pole'.


'[This book] reads like the best kind of Nick Hornby novel - all midlife crisis, technical obsessiveness and boyish defiance...The build-up to his climactic, foolhardy performance is irresistible, and his unashamed fixation with everything horn-oriented rings so true that it's impossible not to get a little horn-obsessed oneself.' SUNDAY TIMES 'this is a book teeming with first hand research and thorough reading. It remains enough of a laddish yarn to amuse the casual reader, but there is also enough meat packed into its pages to entice those with a genuine love of musical history, and especially those with any interest in the French horn.' THE HERALD 'the strength and reach of Rees' enthusiasm carry the day...Rees did stand up to be counted, and he got a fine book out of it, too' TELEGRAPH 'There are things in this delightful, warm, witty, erudite book that will appeal to almost everyone...It's not just Rees's personal transformation that makes this book such a joy, though. It's also playfulness, the flourishes, his eye for detail and the persuasive weight of his enthusiasm.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'A very approachable insight into a world of obsessive perfectionists.' THE INDEPENDENT 'This quirky memoir, in which Rees decides after 22 years to take up the French horn again, is surprisingly evocative and moving' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY 'This inspiring, moving and quite hilarious book is the perfect cheer-up present for everyone you ever knew. Rush out and buy...' CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE

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