Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mason Jones, 1919-2009

Mason Jones, principal hornist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the Ormandy era, died this morning, the orchestra announced. Jones was a star player in many of the recordings that defined the orchestra. He had a combination of refinement and presence that was, until very recently, the unspoken philosophy of the orchestra's horn section. He was also personnel manager - a job that used to go to players rather than administration. His recordings - and especially those with the old Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet - were the reason a lot of players got into the business. He was the quintet's last surviving original member. An obituary will appear in The Inquirer shortly.

Mason Jones, 1919-2009

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Mason Jones, principal hornist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the Ormandy era, died this morning, the orchestra announced. Jones was a star player in many of the recordings that defined the orchestra. He had a combination of refinement and presence that was, until very recently, the unspoken philosophy of the orchestra's horn section. He was also personnel manager - a job that used to go to players rather than administration. His recordings - and especially those with the old Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet - were the reason a lot of players got into the business. He was the quintet's last surviving original member. An obituary will appear in The Inquirer shortly.

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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