Jarrett Hoffman offers some background on the works covered in the September 16, 2018 concert, “All Hail the Horn.”
“Friendships: each one is different, based around everything from a mutual career to telling weird jokes. Occasionally both of those come into play, as with hornist Joseph Leutgeb and one pretty famous composer. ‘Wolfgang Amadé Mozart takes pity on Leutgeb, ass, ox, and simpleton, at Vienna, 27 March 1783,’ Mozart wrote on the autograph of the Concerto No. 2 in E-flat, K. 417, one of several works he wrote for the hornist.
“Whatever the nature of that bond, hornists around the world are grateful for it, including Cleveland Orchestra fourth hornist Richard King. ‘Mozart’s my favorite composer, and that we horn players happen to have multiple works by him is just wonderful — and lucky,’ King said during a recent phone call. ‘If Mozart’s friend had played the trumpet, then we might not have anything.”
BlueWater opened its ninth season Sept. 16, 2018 with an afternoon concert at The Breen, featuring the magic of Mozart and the French horn.
Daniel Meyer, conductor
Richard King, horn
Corrie Stallings, mezzo-soprano
Mozart: Concerto No. 1 in D for Horn
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Mozart: Concerto No. 2 in E-flat for Horn
Falla: El Amor Brujo