Virtuoso Horn Duo at The Hungarian Horn Festival

Posted By on September 1, 2005

The 2nd Hungarian Horn Festival in Mor, Hungary took place this past week, August 25th through the 27th. The event was organized by Mr. Zsoltan Varga and Mr. Miklos Nagy, two of the most prominent hornists from that country. Mor is a village south of Budapest and is a well-known wine region. The opening concert was at Central Catholic Church in Mor.Kristina and I performed the Concerto for Two Violins and Cello by Vivaldi “L`Estro Armonico” Op. 3 Nr. 11. Other works on the program were the Symphony in C Major for Horns by J. M. Molter, Fugue in f minor by Bach arranged for horn quartet and Purcell`s Incidental Music. These three pieces were played with great panache by the Hungarian Horn Quartet. Miklos Nagy graced us with his marvelous interpretation of the Concerto in D Major by G. Knechtel. And Gabor Acsay performed the Kroll Laudatio.

The following morning I gave a talk on my compositions and then coached my Concerto for Low Horn.Miklos Nagy gave a lecture on “The Benefits of Hard Work” including his rather daunting warm up. That evening there was a concert which was more or less dedicated to my works. The program was the following:

J. Haydn Concerto for Two Horns in Eb
K. Turner Concerto for Low Horn
K. Turner Four Duos
K. Turner Fanfare for Barcs
K. Turner Quartet Nr. 2 “Americana”
K. Turner Take 9 Antiphonal Fanfare
K. Turner Farewell to Red Castle The VHD performed and gave master classes at the 2nd Hungarian Festival in Mor in August 2005. The weekend featured Kerry TurnerĀ“s compositions. Here is a program from the first two performances.

On Saturday, the 27th, Kristina Mascher gave a very interesting lecture and demonstration on the repertoire for violin, horn and piano. She provided excerpts for the participants to follow and played the corresponding music on the CD player. Following that she worked with several of the students. That afternoon, Mr. Zsolt Nagy gave a lecture demonstration on “The Horn in Jazz”. And as a grand finale to the festival, all the participants joined together for an outdoor concert at the castle.

After the concert each evening, we all took our places at the wine tasting table in one of the famous wine cellars, each evening a different cellar.The atmosphere at this festival was one of friendship, kinship and mutual respect. Kristina and I were extremely well taken care of the entire time, and the Hungarians once again proved their magical tradition of producing super horn players.

During our stay in Budapest, we had the opportunity to visit the workshop of one of Hungary’s most popular horn repairmen, Mr. Istvan Andrik of the shop called “And & And.” Istvan worked well after hours on both of our horns so that we could return home with pristine instruments, ready to start our orchestral seasons.

I understand that the Hungarian Horn Festival in Mor will take place every two years. I do most heartily encourage horn players from around the world to keep their eyes open for news of the next one!

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