Althorn in Eb
Czech instrument c.1920
If practising on your own is becoming a bit of a bore we have something to liven up your practice routine. A lovely little example of an Althorn – the right-handed(!) German band instrument used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Pitched in Eb, this is the type of instrument Hindemith wrote his Althorn Sonata for. If you are interested or inspired by period performance it would be very tempting to have this instrument at your disposal!
As a little aside – the pianist’s part of the poem that is recited between the 3rd and 4th movements of Hindemith’s Sonata gives us something to think about in today’s world!
“The old is not good, just because it has passed
Nor is the new great, because we live in it
No one experiences happiness beyond one’s comprehension.
Your task it is, amid confusion, rush, and noise
To grasp the lasting, calm, and meaningful
And finding it anew, to hold and treasure it.”