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On this release, flautist Paul Horn steps into the timeless beauty of baroque music's most quietly appealing composers. Pachelbel, Bach and Palestrina are all represented, with Horn's focus on the extravagant beauty of the flute family, including the low, low sounds of the contrabass flute and combinations of c flute, alto flute and bass flute. Simple purity gives way to massive sonorities created by the three choirs of flutes used in one of Palestrina's motets. After moving through tracks from the 16th through 18th centuries, the album closes with three of the motets written in 1960 by the late Maurice Duruflé. Paul Horn's music has been heard in virtually every corner of the globe — a partial list of his recordings takes up no less than 13 pages in his fine autobiography, Inside Paul Horn. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, Rovi

Biography

Born: 17 March 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

When one evaluates Paul Horn's career, it is as if he were two people, pre- and post-1967. In his early days, Horn was an excellent cool-toned altoist and flutist, while later he became a new age flutist whose music is often best used as background music for meditation. Horn started on piano when he was four and switched to alto at the age of 12. After a stint with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra on tenor, Horn was Buddy Collette's replacement with the popular Chico Hamilton Quintet (1956-1958), playing...
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