The aim is to finance my new project, "Ab origine", (music for solo natural horn) in collaboration with my usual record label, ARSIS
This is an innovative project for two reasons:
1- It is unique within the world of classical music.
A recording consisting of only music for solo natural horn, an instrument so often associated with little more than hunting calls, is something almost unprecedented. And to offer in a single program the full recording of the incredible 12 Caprices of J.F. Gallay – representing the highest pinnacle of difficulty for the instrument – together with contemporary music by Baumann, Bujanovski, Francis and Brotons, is to make the challenge even more complex and, therefore, interesting.
And there could be no one better to help achieve this, than Hermann Baumann my teacher, the person who brought the natural horn back to centre stage and, without a doubt, one of the best horn players of all times.
2- The chosen format
On the outside, the box will look like a CD, but when opened, it will reveal a GPD (Geaster Pen Drive), the new and revolutionary format offered by the ARSIS record label, which consists of a memory stick containing a CD-quality recording (in addition to other, alternative formats) together with HD video recordings of some of the pieces, photos, interviews with composers, performers and professors of the instrument (notably, with my own teacher, Hermann Baumann) and many more Gigabytes of information. You can play it back on any device with a USB port or convert it into a CD or DVD for a conventional player. Inside there is a file MFD, that you can read with every PDF reader, with all the contents of the GPD; text, audio and video.
The title of this work, “Ab Origine”, (from the origins) is meant to evoke a musical journey with the natural horn from its very beginnings until current contemporary music. This is also the title of one of the pieces in the program, the piece for solo horn by Salvador Brotons, which was created, at my request, from the solo part of his concerto for horn and orchestra.
Daring to play unaccompanied on natural horn may seem like a crazy idea. With your help, I am confident that I will be able to demonstrate that nothing is impossible, and that music can bring to light many facets that until now seemed unimaginable.
ABOUT JAVIER BONET
As you know, in the 25 years that have passed since Hermann Baumann introduced me to this marvelous instrument, I have become, without my meaning to, a point of reference for natural horn. Top prizes in the only natural horn competitions in existence bear witness to this fact, as well as collaborations with some of the finest historical music ensembles. In the recording world, two duet recordings with pianist Miriam Gómez-Morán and two others with the natural horn ensemble which I founded, “Corniloquio”, all in collaboration with my friends at ARSIS, attest to my dedication to the instrument. But a man cannot live on natural horn alone, and so my activities with the modern horn are my other focus of activity, as is demonstrated by my post with the National Orchestra of Spain, with several awards from international competitions and appointments to the juries of many others. I have maintained an intense recording schedule, with more than 10 CDs as a soloist. I hope that this new production may hold even more surprises.
WHO THIS IS FOR
For horn enthusiasts and professional players, this unique project will, I hope, change any preconceived ideas you may have had about the natural horn. This is something than should not be lacking in your recording library, and which I guarantee will not disappoint you. To take part in its production is worthwhile in and of itself.
For music lovers in general, open to new sounds and experiences, this is something which you would never have imagined could exist, and which I am certain will not leave you indifferent.
The Audio has already been recorded, here is a DEMO This is another great way to build your enthusiasm for helping to finish the project.
And also a DEMO with fragments of the Videos
WHAT THIS GPD CONTAINS
In Audio, several quality formats including that of a traditional CD:
• 12 Grands Caprices, opus 32, for solo natural horn, by J.F Gallay.
• Fantasy on the “Rendez vous de chasse de Rossini” for solo natural horn by J. Bonet
• Elegy for solo natural horn by Hermann Baumann
• Balade for solo natural horn by Vitali Bujanovsky
• The Dying Deer for solo natural horn by Alun Francis
• Ab Origine for solo natural horn by Salvador Brotons
In HD Video format, in several languages with subtitles in English and Spanish:
• Commentary by Hermann Baumann. His beginnings on the natural horn, his vision for the instrument and commentary on the Elegy he composed.
• Commentary by Salvador Brotons on Ab Origine
• Commentary by Daniel Bourgue on the “Grand caprices de Gallay”
• Commentary by Javier Bonet. Natural horn and its technique.
• Videos of several of the pieces recorded in Audio. Recorded in HD format with several cameras.
The number we are able to make will depend on the amount of money raised above the minimum goal amount.
All of these features will have the top-notch quality that is demanded in today’s audio-visual market.
The sheet music for the first edition of the Caprices by Gallay. All the commentaries and program notes will be included in a printed booklet as well in PDF format.
WHAT YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED FOR
Recording the CD, transportation of equipment and technicians, lodging and travel expenses, editing and mastering. The cost of the new Pen Drives, which are more expensive than traditional CDs, as well as graphic arts development, copyright costs, taxes, etc.
Additionally, and what is most costly, the production of the videos that will be included, which will be recorded with several HD cameras; Equipment, technicians and all the post-production costs.
All of this will amount to much more than what we are asking for. I will personally make up the difference between the money which we raise and the final cost.
The more funds we raise, above and beyond the minimum funding goal, the more videos we will be able to include, with higher quality and additional contents. I urge you to help so that we can make this worthy project a success.
The recording of most of the Audio has already been done in the church of Berdún (Huesca). We plan to begin editing the audio, as well as record and edit the videos, develop the graphics, create and edit the booklet and produce the external storage medium (GPD), with the goal of having everything completed by the beginning of next year. As the first part is almost finished, our target date for delivery to our sponsors will be next April.
Times have changed. It is no longer possible to finance projects through recording companies and public founds like before. If we want to support cultural projects, we must help and support one another; those of us working on cultural projects need your help, even just a small amount. This is not the same as a donation, because you will always receive something in exchange which will be worth much more than what you are giving.