Thursday, April 28, 2005

The British Horn Society: 2000 Horn News

The British Horn Society: 2000 Horn News: "One of Britain's leading principal horns, Claire Briggs of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, left the orchestra in October 2000. Deciding to do 'something a bit more stable', she is to study for a MA in Law at Bristol University. Claire already has a degree in History from the Open University, for which she studied over the previous five years. Making the move was never going to be an easy decision, and Claire said that she spent around six weeks before finally making up her mind. Her final performance with the CBSO was of Strauss's Alpine Symphony with Sakari Oramo at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in September.
We are pleased to report that Britain's First Lady of horn playing will not, however, be totally lost to the horn world, having every intention of freelancing while studying. Claire, who was featured in the July 1998 issue of the Horn Magazine, was principal of the CBSO for 11 years, during which time the orchestra rose from provincial to international status. She was previously first horn of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and before that, the Northern Sinfonia. During her time in Liverpool she recorded the Mozart Horn Concertos with Stephen Kovacevic conducting."

One of her predecessors became a postman in Sutton Coldfield - he had the most wonderful tone in the 1950ies and played on a narrow bore piston valve instrument in F - I heard him play with the Royal Ballet Touring orchestra in about 1960ish

The British Horn Society: Horn News

The universe is horn-shaped - official. This will not of course come as a surprise to horn enthusiasts, but according to Frank Steiner at the University of Ulm in Germany the whole universe is horn-shaped. The bore hasn't yet been measured, though our guess would be large. This new theory overtakes the old 'soccer ball-shaped' idea.

New Scientist Breaking News - Big Bang glow hints at funnel-shaped Universe: "Could the Universe be shaped like a medieval horn? It may sound like a surrealist's dream, but according to Frank Steiner at the University of Ulm in Germany, recent observations hint that the cosmos is stretched out into a long funnel, with a narrow tube at one end flaring out into a bell. It would also mean that space is finite.
Adopting such an apparently outlandish model could explain two puzzling observations. The first is the pattern of hot and cold spots in the cosmic microwave background radiation, which shows what the Universe looked like just 380,000 years after the Big Bang.
It was charted in detail in 2003 by NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. WMAP found that the pattern fades on the largest scales: there are no clear hot or cold blobs more than about 60 degrees across. "

enlarged image

Statistical flukes
At an extreme enough point, you would be able to see the back of your own head. It would be an interesting place to explore - but we are probably too far from the narrow end of the horn to examine it with telescopes.

Both of the crucial observations are still ambiguous, however, and may be statistical flukes. Over the next year or so, WMAP and other experiments will test whether large blobs really are lacking and whether small ones really are elliptical.

If they are, then our Universe is curved like a Pringle, shaped like a horn, and named after a Star Trek character. You could not make it up.
nb posted in APRIL 2004

Department of Theoretical Physics - Frank Steiner's Group exists anyway !
Universität Ulm
Abteilung Theoretische Physik
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
D - 89069 Ulm
Germany
also here QuantumChaosNetwork

Think of the great Tibetan horns OM (like straight trombones) and the universe beginning with a sound Oooommmm not a bang.

Mariposa Museum of World Cultures, Peterborough NH

Ceremonial Tibetan Horn Brand New 5 ft Rag-Dung Ceremonial Tibetan Horn
The Rag-Dung is a Tibetan ritual instrument that is made in sections that can be telescoped and is basically played in drones for chanting.
an easy name to remember

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