Unfailingly beautiful and calming—always a good fix for a stressful day. The Ina Bauer on the high note has given me so many goosebumps. Of his three programs this past season, I think I’ll miss this one the most. I hope he will perform this again someday.
So... Do you have any tips on how to compose music for French horn?? Like, what even is that key signature... Do you have a method for writing it?
Welp I’ve never composed original music for horn before soo..ahaa
(I’ve arranged stuff??) but I guess I could write down some things that may help you compose for it:
“what even is that key signature”…same
- yeeahh we play in F. meaning a P4 up from C. my method for writing for horn is using sibelius and selecting ‘horn’ as the instrument and then bOOM done.
If you’re writing for horn by hand, you can always write it in C. But then we’d have to transpose it, and sure we’re used to that by now, but we’ll definitely sigh or groan when seeing thatthepieceisn’tinF……….
so either write in C >:(, transpose into F as you compose, or use online program’s magical-ness to transpose for you
- we have a pretty solid uhhh range but it depends on the skill level of the player? Lowest we can play that sounds decently good is pedal C (concert F) (2 octaves below the staff) and high, above the staff C (again, concert f) (yes we can play higher than that)(no do not write horn parts higher than that please).
- treble clef!!! unless writing really low parts for 4th horn, then you may write in bass clef. or if you’re composing for solo horn… yes you may go into bass clef sometimes. just mainly stick to treble <3
- we sound hella good in all dynamics so. compose extreme dynamics for us. in all ranges, yes.
(loud and low is hard, & soft and high is hard,,, btw)
- speaking about range?? high stuff is usually hardest b/c that’s when our partials get closer and closer together so accuracy is…sometimes shady but yeah careful if you have us jump around partials too much. if you want to make the piece easy, that is. if ya want your piece to be at a more difficult level, jump around all you like.
-yes to double tonguing and triple tonguing required rhythms but eeehahksjdrk
- if you’re writing a symphony??…. 1st and 3rd horn usually have the highest parts and 2nd and 4th are lower and support 1st/3rd horn parts in octaves. sometimes. you might already know that but yeah.
- we can do trills….we can do stopped horn!!! writing for stopped horn is fun and it makes cool noises so you can get creative with that…same with flutter tongue and multi phonics and other mute required stuff C: (yay brass lyfe)
oh and hand in bell, we can do weird bendy pitch stuff with that so you can take advantage of that too.
- in band? since there are usually 4 or less of us…we’re usually doubled with saxes or baritones or trombones. Does that mean we like it? no. Especially not saxes. if you hAVE to double us, do it with some other brass instrument. WE CAN PLAY REALLY LOUD BTW AND EASILY TAKE CHARGE OF OUR OWN MELODY ;A;
- …if you ever find yourself writing a march, give us the melody for once…. no more off beats…please and thank you.
ok that’s all I could come up with at the top of my head…. fellow horn players feel free to add on!
sports: said he’d try out for fencing because of his friend jackson but completely forgot about it,,,,,,,,,even though jackson texted him like 405282 times
clubs: joined a movie club which is essentially like a book club but you all gather, pick a movie, and watch it. jooheon has picked pulp fiction like five times because he still doesn’t get the majority of what was happening in that movie,,,,,,,,,,
if you’ve ever seen those memes about super stressed college students just laying down asleep in the library surrounded by unfinished homework, candy wrappers, and highlighters,,,,,,,,,,that is jooheon
if you look closely enough you’ll all see the light in his eyes is gone, his soul has left his body. left the library. left the campus. left this atmosphere.
and it is all because of his major,,,,,,,,,,,,which he hates,,,,,,,,,because accounting is just mathematics and droned out professors who sound like they’re saying the same thing over and over and over again
and jooheon has thought of bludgeoning himself with his auditing textbook on multiple occasions because,,,,,,,,everything is pain. College is Terrible
and all of his friends are like,,,,,bro you’re dragging yourself into a black hole just switch. changkyun is always like “look at me, i love my major because it’s interesting - you look like you haven’t slept in four days and i think your business tax homework is stuck onto your back with some gum.”
jooheon with bags under his eyes: i haven’t slept in four days. i haven’t eaten a decent meal in a week. and no changkyun, it isn’t “stuck” to me. my backpack is too full so im being innovative
like it’s not even that he doesn’t study,,,,it’s just it’s so bland and boring of a subject that he can’t even motivate himself to apply what he’s learned
shownu literally had to come to his class once and pick up a passed out jooheon ,,,,,,,, it’s a Mess
the thing jooheon is really interested in is music,,,,,and he’s friends with a lot of the music majors so he gets to use their equipment and stuff if he asks
and like,,,,,,he wants to produce songs. and he has,,,,,,,,it’s just that no one knows it’s him
he has a soundcloud and every now and then he’ll drop a link to it on the student resource page and like,,,,,,,,,,it’s really popular
he publishes them under the fake name h*ney and any of his singles will go viral through school and be played at every dorm party on campus
even got off campus when someone tweeted that they were playing a h*ney song at this club that they were at and when jooheon saw he almost fell off his chair because??????? woah people really like what he does
but he knows a future with music is practically impossible, plus his own parents don’t know he took the production major as a minor because they’d be totally against it
and it sucks to feel like you’re being pulled in two directions; one toward what you really love, and one toward whats best for your future
like,,,,,not even his close friends know he’s actually h*ney and minhyuk’s literally always talking about how much he loves the songs and so is changkyun and even picky kihyun,,,,,,,
it’s like he’s living a double life LOL and jooheon wishes he could just be himself,,,,but it’s hard when he’s in class and the other accounting majors are all competing with each other for internships at huge companies and trash talking arts majors
i mean he already doesn’t really fit in perfectly,,,,,,,jooheon is much more social than a lot of people in his classes and he goes out on the weekends with wonho and minhyuk and sometimes he’ll crack jokes in class and the serious, no-fun students are just like “did you do the homework? what did you get on the midterm? are you working anywhere right now, i just got a job as a lackey at a bank-”
and so even with his grades slipping, jooheon knows that he’s never going to be an accountant, work in a bank, like the thought is so????? not him?????????
but all he does to deal with it is like,,,,,,work on his music even though he gets nothing in return because of his anonymity
and you,,,,,,,unlike jooheon who has a major he hates,,,,,,are undecided
and you’ve spent most of college taking random classes and not finding anything that interests you in the least and like it SUCKS
because everyone has a plan and you’re kinda like,,,,,,,,shrugging your shoulders because your friend looks at your schedule and is like ?? physics lab??????? international dance???? gender in the eighteenth century???? microeconomics????
and you’re just on your phone scrolling through texts or whatever shrugging your shoulders like yeah,,,idk,,,i can’t make up my mind
and you actually have microeconomics with jooheon and you sit next to each other in the lecture hall
which,,,,,is hilarious because out of all the people there you two have literally zero clue about what is going on because???? microeconomics,,,,,,,,,,,,,,doesn’t make sense to you guys
and instead of paying attention and studying you always fall asleep with your headphones on and jooheon has had to get into the habit of nudging you awake if the teacher comes by or there’s homework being passed out
and one day,,,, you have your earphones on as usual and you’re blasting the new song by h*ney,,,,and jooheon can hear it you’re listening to it so loud
and,,,,he just can’t help but smile to himself because,,,,,,,you don’t even know it but you’re sitting right next to the composer of that song
but also right before class ends everyone gathers around to talk about the final and you take your headphones out and you’re like,,,,,,,oh shit,,,,,the final
and jooheon is like,,,,,,,,we gotta get notes from someone fast or else we’ll both flunk and you agree but when you ask around most of the students either don’t have organized notes to give out or,,,,,you know,,,,just don’t want to
even though you and jooheon pull together a grand total of $22.47 as an offering ,,,, but you realize really fast you and jooheon are royal,,,,totally,,,,,Screwed
the both of you sitting on a bench on campus with your head in your hands until you sit up and you’re like “well,,,,,if we fail we fail,,,,not much we can do now. except-”
and jooheon turns to see you smirking and he’s like ???? and you’re like “wanna go party our misery away?” and he perks up because oh,,,, now that might make him feel better and you’re like “there’s this place i really like in the city, i go with friends but today ill go with my,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,partner in failure of microeconomics!!”
and that’s how you and jooheon end up on the cramped dancefloor of a popular club amongst college students and you can tell that over half of them are doing exactly what you and jooheon are doing: trying to forget the horrors of finals
and you and jooheon are having a great conversation on just how much college really stinks
jooheon spilling his hatred out for his major while you laugh and tell him at least he has a major,,,,,you’re just floating through completely unaware of what to pick
and you’re both shaking your heads with sighs until suddenly the song changes to h*ney’s new song and you light up and you’re like jOOHEON,,,,THIS SONG IS MY FAVORITE and it jusT CAME OUT h*ney really outdid himself this time,,,,,
and jooheon watches as you dance a little to the song and he has to take a sip of his drink in order not to break out into a grin
because again,,,,,you don’t know he’s h*ney
but you look cute,,, enjoying his music,,,,,,and jooheon realizes there’s a reason he loves music and not accounting,,,,,he loves it because it makes other people happy
like in this moment there’s a hundred or more other people here,,,young good looking people,,,,,but you somehow hold jooheon’s attention because of how genuinely you’re enjoying his music,,,something he created,,,,
and nothing has ever overcome jooheon like right now because suddenly he wants to tell you ,,,,, only you,,,,,,his secret
and he reaches out to take your hand and you’re like ????? and he’s like “im going to tell you something but you need to keep it a secret.” and you’re like ??????? sure????
and he’s like follow me, ill tell you but i think i need to show you so you’ll believe it
and you’re walking behind jooheon and instead of going toward the subway back to campus he’s telling you to come with him on the bus
and before you know it you’re in front of an apartment building and jooheon is like “,,,,,you know how im an accounting major right? well im also,,,,,into making music. you might know some of my music,,,.”
you tilt your head in wonder because???? how could you know his music you’ve never heard of an artist named jooheon before
but when you step inside to the small apartment, turned into a mini recording studio jooheon starts up his computer and he’s like “here - tell me if this sounds familiar”
and the minute you hear it the minute you realize,,,,,jooheon,,,,,,is h*ney
and you’re like HOLY HELL NO WAY and jooheon is slightly embarrassed by your shocked expression but he’s like iT’s true,,,,h*ney is my side project and stage name
and you’re like oh mY GOD im in a room with a LEGEND DUDE YOURE A LEGEND ON CAMPUS
and jooheon shrugs, but the compliments make him feel really proud
and you’re like “oh my god oh my g OD,,,,,,,,,do you have anything you’re working on???? id love to hear it???????” and jooheon nods excitedly and sits down to start opening up some samples
and you literally spend the next two hours going through all of the stuff jooheon is working on and him just telling you about how h*ney came to be, how he learned to sing and rap and produce
and you’re in awe,,,,you’re like jooheon you’re amazing,,,,,,god why are you even an accounting major???? music is your talent????
and you get up and tell jooheon to play that one song you really liked and you just,,,,dance because it’s so good it’s impossible to hold still
and you outstretch your arm for jooheon and he’s turning red like,,,ah i couldn’t,,,,dance to my oWN song,,,,,
but you pull him up anyway and even in the tight space,,,, with snack wrappers and magazines all over the floor,,,, you and jooheon dance to the song
and jooheon,,,,,,for a moment he swears when he looks at you it’s like he’s seeing you in slow motion
your hair hitting your face as you twist back and forth
the way your mouth is open just ajar, eyes sparkling with something he’s never seen before
and jooheon doesn’t believe in love at first sight or whatever,,,,because he’s seen you enough in class,,,,,,but there’s something about you,,,,,something that draws him in
so much so that he shared his bIGGEST secret with you,,,,,,
and when you both realize it’s like wayyyy past curfew you decide you’ll just go back to campus in the morning and jooheon pulls out the inflatable mattress he has and lets you take it and he falls asleep in his computer chair
but it’s cute when you wake up you’re just like WOW you’re h*ney i still can’t believe it,,,,,
but jooheon shrugs and is like “it’s true” and as you’re getting coffee before heading back to school you’re like “oh! by the way - i promise i won’t tell anyone,,, you want to keep it a secret right?” and jooheon nods and you’re like well,,,,,,you have my promise
and jooheon thanks you and you tell him you’ll see him in microeconomics for that final you’re both gonna cry during
and jooheon is like waving,,,,but for some reason with you gone it feels,,,,empty,,,,,
and throughout the day he keeps thinking about how happy you had gotten listening to his music,,,,,,how apparently a lot of people get happy listening to his music
and everytime he’d look down at his accounting textbooks,,,,,,he could just feel that this wasn’t for him
and so,,,,,,, at the end of the day he decides he’s going to switch
and when microeconomics class comes around and you’re like heY ready to die jooheon tells you his decision and you’re like!!!!!!!! dude im so happy for you!!!!!!
and he’s like,,,,,,,,it’s thanks to you,,,,,and you’re like mE??? and he’s like you made me see that music has the benefit of making someone feel something,,,,,i can’t do that with accounting
and you’re like flushing a bit because oh,,, you didn’t know you had such an impact but you’re happy you could help!! and jooheon turns to look athis paper but he’s like
before the test starts–after,,,do you wanna,,,,,,grab something to eat??
and you’re like,,,, as a oh-shit-we-failed-this-final kind of hang out or,,, a date??
and jooheon swallows and lowers his eyes but then he’s like “,,,,,like a date” and you feel your stomach do a little flip but you’re like ok!!!! deal
tldr; you and jooheon go on that date and it’s,,,,,fun you guys have a similar taste in music and you want to hear jooheon tell you more about his future plans
but at the end,,,,when you’re doing circles around campus jooheon stops and goes “you helped me find what i want to do,,,,i want to help you too.”
and you’re like idk if you can,,,,,im still undecided,,,,,and jooheon sadly nods but he’s like “for now all i can offer is this,,,” and you’re like ? and he leans down to softly kiss your cheek and you’re like oh,,,,well,,,,,,,ill gladly take it,,,,,,,,,,,,again,,,,kiss me again
and jooheon is like on the cheek?? and you’re like nope, on the lips please (-:
but jooheon is serious on helping you he gets together a bunch of his friends from different majors to talk with you and you’re like jooheon please it’s ok,,, but he’s like i want to help,,,,,,
you start spending more time with jooheon at his little studio and you’re always the first one to hear a h*ney song before it goes out
and you’re always hyping up his music because it’s SO GOOD seriously he could make money off producing
and jooheon never gets used to having someone stand beside him and praise him but he loves it even more because it’s you,,,,
his friend kihyun keeps demanding to know why you and jooheon keep going into the city together so much and you’re both like uMM,,,,,,,,for a group project,,,,,,,,,yeah,,,,,there’s a cafe there,,,,,,,we gtg,
and you like being the only one who knows jooheon is h*ney but also you keep encouraging him to maybe go public one day
because that means???? other musicians can contact him???
but for now everytime you guys hangout at the club you hear a song and you just knowingly grin at each other
jooheon,,,,when he hears a song he likes sends it to you
he makes playlists regularly and you listen to them whenever you miss him
you posted a photo on instagram of h*ney’s new soundcloud single and jooheon commented: oh! you’re a h*ney fan?
and you rolled your eyes because REALLY so you replied with ‘he’s my ideal type, are you jealous?’
to which minhyuk replied: OH SICK BURN JOOHEON REST IN PEACE
you and jooheon both passing out at the library instead of studying until you get kicked out for taking up space and end up cuddled in each others arms in his dorm complaining about how college is hard and you should have both stayed kids instead LOL
whenever jooheon overdoes it,,,,which he does a lot he stays up literally three nights in a row to work on a song,,,,,you have to come over and distract him with kisses
at some points you even have to sit in his lap and just use one hand to turn off the computer monitor and the other hand to go up jooheon’s shirt
and he whines about the song he was working on but the whines turn into low moans soon enough and yes now you’ve got his attention (-;
but his friends are all super thankful to you because fINALLY jooheon isn’t torturing himself with accounting
you guys literally shred all of his homework once he officially switches majors. you also wanted to do a ritual burning of his textbooks but you were like wait no let’s sell them instead
jooheon: good idea. you’re so smart. i love you so much,,,,,
also not to mention but jooheon is the sweetest boyfriend he’ll buy you flowers randomly and give them to you after class
or he’ll do small gestures that actually mean a lot like he knows you forget your charger so he buys one that fits your phone to carry with him,,,,,,bought you a plush bee and was like you’re my bumblebee and im you’re honey!~~~~~
does horribly cringe worthy aegyo to get you to pay attention to him when you’re on your phone
but you still think it’s cute because you end up giving in and smothering him in kisses
you go to movie club with him once and instead of watching the movie you cuddle and try to throw popcorn into jooheon’s mouth and everyone is like ahEM PDA
and you’re like yes pda? i love my boyfriend????
you explain to jooheon what pulp fiction is really about and he’s like oh ,,,,,,my god
you share earphones whenever you guys take the train together,,,,,it’s really cute,,,,,,,
you both did fail your microeconomics final like you predicted,,,,,,,,but it was ok because it was microeconomics that brought you two together,,,,,
but you two also totally ripped the final apart in anger and then made out for a good half hour to cope,,,,,,,,LOL