Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Extreme Embouchure

I’ve been working recently with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. We played Mendelssohn’s, “The Elijah Monologues“, in Paris and Birmingham.

One of the regular hornplayers for O.A.E is my friend and colleague, Martin Lawrence. He is not only a marvellous hornplayer, in both the early and modern music scenes, but also held in high regard for his ongoing research into the highly specialised area of hornplaying known as Extreme Embouchure.

Not only has he developed many new and unique forms of his own, but he is also reintroducing some old nearly-extinct ones which he has discovered in old hornplaying manuals from the classical and romantic periods. Many old English ones have interesting names and descriptions so he has continued this tradition by naming many of his new ones.

Here is a list of just a few:

  • Winch’s Pouch
  • Mr. Cato’s Tuck
  • The Badger’s Postern
  • Sporck’s Pucker
  • King George’s Cramp
  • The Brave Explorer Encounters A Raging Bear Whereupon He Flees
  • Biting The Stoat
  • Mobius Lip
  • Captain Merrywether’s Cock
  • The Right Honourable Michael Portillo
  • The Gudgeon

Martin is working on his new study book which will be published next year: “Count von Sporck’s Almanac – Extreme Embouchure For The Gentleman Hornplayer“.

The photographs below (extracted from his book and used with kind permission) show Martin demonstrating some of these fascinating forms:

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