One of the great privileges of being a professional horn player is having the opportunity to perform for diverse audiences around the world. Over the years I have had many unforgettable experiences on tour with three great orchestras that have shaped my life. I have tried to open a small window into these travels through some varied and expressive solo horn repertoire. All proceeds from this project will be donated to charitable organizations including Villages In Partnership, T.A.S.K.and The American Red Cross. Thank you for supporting the important work these organizations do to make the world a better place.
Peace, Jeffrey Lang
One World Horn
Blues And Variations For Monk by David Amram is inscribed " in memory of Thelonious Monk for his friendship and inspiration” Amram bridged the gap between classical and jazz music and this work has secured a prominent place in the American solo horn repertoire. Kaddish by Israeli composer Lev Kogan is a deeply spiritual work, a beautiful prayer of mourning and praise. German horn player and composer Bernhard Krol's Laudatio is also a profound religious work. The soul of the horn is heard as it intones the early Christian Hymn, Te Deum Laudamus. The refreshing British sailors dance in Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy for Horn was written in 1966 for the Birmingham International Wind Competition. Charles Koechlin composed the sound track for the planned, but never produced French movie "The Secrets of a Clarinet Player". The score survives with these two rustic excerpts that take us back to our hunting horn roots. Legendary Russian horn player Vitaly Buyanovsky's Russian Song is a heartfelt work included with the edition of his well-known Four Improvisations from Traveling Impressions. Otto Ketting’s quote “Music should be about emotions and experiences, time and surroundings" describes accurately the spirit of this recording. Born in Amsterdam, his descriptive Intrada is an effective work for solo horn or trumpet. Kappore is a costumed dance that has become popular in Japan through parade performances. The simple and beautiful tune set for muted horn comes from a 1892 collection of popular Japanese music. I often think about Grandfather Benno's Night Music while in the deep silence at our summer cabin in Finland. Meriläinen's haunting work depicts imaginative forest sounds and music as heard by Grandfather Benno on his nightly watch. Like Kappore, Gule Wamkulu or literally "Great Dance" is a traditional African ritual from the Chewa people in Malawi.The unpredictable and masked dancers are responsible for driving away evil spirits. Stephen Gryc captures faith and traditions of the past in Reflections on a Southern Hymn. The work is based on the tune "Wondrous Love" from the 1859 shape note collection The Sacred Harp. Our journey ends with Cuban born Paquito D'Rivera, a Grammy winning artist of Jazz, Rock, Classical and traditional Cuban music. The lively Contradanza can be performed with or without piano.
Jeffrey Lang is the Associate Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra and is currently on the faculties of Bard College, Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music . Formerly principal horn of the Israel Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed as guest principal horn of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the New York City Opera and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Jeffrey studied at the Juilliard School and Temple University, and has given masterclasses in Israel, Finland, Korea, China and the USA. He is a frequent soloist and has appeared with Zubin Mehta, Mung-Whun Chung, Kurt Masur , Leon Botstein and Rossen Milanov conducting. Chamber music performances at home and abroad have included concerts with Bella Davidovitch, Diane Walsh, Simone Dinnerstein, The Israel Piano Trio, the Wister Quartet, , Melvin Chen, the Canadian Brass, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has participated in the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, OK Mozart and the Spoleto Festival.
Jeffrey records for several TV, film, and commercial artists in the metropolitan area and was Principal horn of Disney's long running Broadway hit, Beauty and the Beast. He is an active member of the Recording Academy, the International Horn Society and the American Federation of Musicians. Jeffrey has recently released a solo horn album " One World Horn", a charitable project presenting unaccompanied horn works from around the world. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Finnish cellist Elina Snellman-Lang, and their two sons, Johannes and Markus.