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date: 15 September 2019

Jones, Mason locked

  • Martha Woodward

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(b Hamilton, NY, June 16, 1919; d Wynnewood, PA, Feb 19, 2009). American horn player. He attended the Curtis Institute (1936–8), where he was a pupil of marcel Tabuteau and fritz Reiner , and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra at Eugene Ormandy’s invitation in 1938. He was its principal horn from 1940 until he retired in 1978. He also worked as its personnel manager (1963–86) and conductor of its in-school concerts. Jones appeared as a soloist and made recordings with the orchestra, as well as with the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet and the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. His publications include editions of solos and orchestral studies for horn. In 1946 he was appointed to the faculty of the Curtis Institute, where he served as professor of horn for 49 years. Jones’s playing is characterized by great warmth and naturalness and by a rare cantabile quality. A total control of the dynamic possibilities of his instrument enabled him to achieve a particularly expressive sound....

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