More memories from 2005

In addition to hosting the second Historic Division, I had a number of other interesting projects in 2005. One was a tour with the Navy Band to the Southeast. My old teach, Bernard Adelstein, and his wife, Connie, came to our Sarasota concert. I also remember rolling into our hotel in Daytona. There was an unintentionally funny marquee that I was fortunate enough to get on my camera (see below). We also performed in Savanah, Georgia, which gave me an opportunity to explore that really interesting city.

Tim and Jim on their wedding day

We also went to the wedding of our friend, Jim Ross (horn player and conductor in La Coruña–when we were there), to Tim McLoraine in the Boston area. It was a really nice trip for the family–we even went with them on their honeymoon to Cape Cod.

I finished my doctoral dissertation on “Monteverdi’s Symbolic Use of the Cornett,” and I defended it at Indiana University in October. There was a tornado warning, so we did the defense sitting on the floor of the hallway, away from the windows–just to be safe in case an actual tornado landed. During the same visit, I played a lecture recital on the cornopean that I had borrowed from Bob Hazen, about some music in two 19th-c. books, compiled by Philippe Goetz and now owned by Bob.

I also played with the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in Richmond at the Centenary Methodist Church. The highlight of that concert for me was playing the Giovanni Bassano “divisions” (ornamented arrangement) on Orlando di Lasson’s “Susanne ung jour.”

I also played baroque trumpet with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. It was reviewed by Susan Elliott for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 

“These were splendid performances, characterized by crisp tempos, articulate inner lines, tight ensemble passages, and a generally organic ebb and flow. Highlights included . . . the trumpets of Stanley Curtis and Carolyn Sanders in the D Major ‘Trumpet’ Suite. That the group never lost articulation despite Hsu’s exciting whiz-bang tempo demands was an impressive feat indeed.” (May 10, 2005)

It’s always nice to get good reviews…

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Getting better at writing

In the period of 2003-2005, I began writing and presenting more. In 2004, I wrote an article for the Historic Brass Society Newsletter, interviewing Dr. Robert Hazen. Bob is the lead scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory and a distinguished professor at George Mason University. He has written hundreds of articles and books and is considered the subject matter expert on how minerals and life interact, raising $1Billion for his research. But–he was also an active trumpet player and instrument collector (he has donated a lot of instruments to the Smithsonian Institute). It was wonderful to visit Bob at his home, ask him questions and take a few photos. During this period of time, we also played in many of the same gigs.

Also, the next year, I presented a lecture at the Maryland Early Brass Festival, hosted by Dr. Elisa Koehler, on music for the cornopean–in fact, with Bob’s cornopean. It was about two 19th-c. French music books that he had acquired. This presentation also became the basis for my final lecture recital at Indiana University for my doctoral degree.

Me with my cornett made by Serge Delmas

That’s right. The doctoral degree at Indiana University that I had started in 1988 was still not finished!! I was also working feverishly on my paper about “Monteverdi’s Symbolic Use of the Cornett.” To underpin my research, a friend in the Navy Band, Keven Stewart, set me up with a database, so that I could populate it with any symbolic references to the cornetto that I could find–in music, literature and art. I eventually had more than 2,500 entries.

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