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Retirement + 4 Days

Steve Eddins
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Today is the fourth day since my retirement from MathWorks, after working there for 30+ years. The last month or so was rather intense. I had lengthy conversations with many people, and I had long lists of things I wanted to get done before my last day. As a result, my horn practice was more disrupted in March than at any other time in the past 8 years or so. It bothered me, but I just had to let go of worrying about it.

My horn recovery effort began on Saturday. I have practiced 2-3 hours per day since then. My routine so far has been to practice two sessions in the morning, with some exercise in between. Then, if I don’t have a rehearsal in the evening, I practice once more later in the day. I’m sure this will evolve as I get accustomed to my new schedule.

This seems like a good time to take a look at everything I need to play in the next couple of months so that I don’t get caught unprepared.

Peter and the Wolf, horn 1

Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (Horn 1 in F). The grace-note figures are the trickiest things for me to work out.

Star Wars, Leia's theme

Williams, Star Wars Suite (Horn 1 in F). The Leia’s Theme horn solo!

Sondheim, Send in the Clowns

Sondheim (arr. Hughes), “Send in the Clowns” (Solo Horn and Piano).