Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of editing a pair of articles written by Lyric Opera of Chicago Principal Horn, Jon Boen, for Polyphonic.org. The articles detail Jon’s experiences related to commissioning, performing, and recording an extensive concerto for French Horn and orchestra…
Even though Jon’s process lasted nearly two decades, the articles do a really wonderful job at walking the reader through just how much effort is involved in creating a 40 minute concerto. It is difficult enough for an established orchestra to commission, perform, and record new music let alone an individual. And that’s really where the articles shine. They detail the cost, both personal and economic, behind the project as well as the amount of personal risk involved.
A unique feature to the articles is the use of embedded audio clips designed to let you listen to what you’re reading about. The clips are all 128kb, 44Hz, stereo MP3 files so the sound is as good as anything you will hear from a standard CD. Furthermore, the clips not only include audio from the finished CD but also from the recording sessions and some live performances during fundraising events.
Take a moment out of day and spend some time with both articles, you’ll be glad you did: