Did anyone else hear that item on BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths programme on Saturday morning, about the alphorn? It was one of the most magical moments on radio that I’ve ever heard.
Not only was the alphorn music quite hypnotic and calming, but the excitement and amazement in David Stafford’s voice was wonderful.
Here’s what the Home Truths’ website says about it:
In 1982 Frances Jones was minding her own business holidaying in Switzerland when she found herself drawn inexorably to a Zurich music store by the scent of freshly carved pine and row upon row of Alphorns; coloured and carved, some no more than tiny toy horns, others laid long in their full 14 foot glory.
‘May I try one?’ she asked the proprietor. ‘Of course’. He replied. She just put her lips together and blew. It was a moment never to be forgotten.
David Stafford met Frances, in a field near Henley-Upon-Thames to hear about her love for the great instrument and to test its legendary power over cattle.
Seemingly Mozart’s father used to write music for alphorns. You learn something new every day.
You can listen to this item again; requires RealPlayer.