THE HOFFNUNG LITTLE BOOKS
Hoffnung is Back!
The happy news is that, after a break of 3 or 4 years, the six litttle music books are with us again. Since their first appearance nearly 50 years ago they have amassed 87 editions.
Now, after slight and judicious rejuvenation, and with freshened faces, they are agog to launch themselves into the new millennium; to meet old friends and admirers and with the exciting prospect of introducing themselves to new ones. Hoffnung's drawings are timeless, appealing to the musical and non-musical alike - and to all who believe that laughter is important in life.
Hoffnung Partnership, London
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"Admirers of Gerard Hoffnung - and there are many of us - will rejoice at the appearance of the new collection", writes PD James in her foreword to this new addition to the Hoffnung books. One could not wish for a more warm and welcome accolade to celebrate its launchng! Hoffnung's Happy Hamper contains selections previously published in Ho Ho Hoffnung and Hoffnung's Harlequinade and drawings which had only previously appeared in magazines and newspaper columns. Hoffnung charms us with a potpourri of ideas in which he beguilingly observes the everyday occurences of life
The drawings contained in this volume have been selected from illustrations made by Hoffnung for a sequence of articles entitled Points for Parents. These were written by Lady Elizabeth Pakenham (now Lady Longford) in the early fifties. The series originally appeared in the feature columns of the Daily Express and, shortly afterwards were published in book form. However much times have changed, Hoffnung's reflections on small children remain irrestistibly relevant today.
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There can be few conductors who have not laughed
out loud at these cartoons and found a modicum
of truth in them. In these 50 drawings, commencing
with alerto, embracing con anima,
con delicatezza, and molto pomposo, then
on to appassionato until the final triumph
(and relief) of bravo bravissimo, here
is an affectionate and genial glimpse into the
mystique surrounding the Maestro together with
a loving appraisal of his antics.
THE HOFFNUNG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The fact that a multitude of individualists
can be harnessed to produce a unified ensemble
was to Hoffnung one of the miracles of music
and helped inspire his cartoon of the full orchestra
shown at the beginning of the book. In the cartoons
that follow, one for each instrument, a whole
gamut of emotions comes into play. Could the
couple sharing the violin and the experience
of playing it together be anything but in love?
High-lighted are the hazards and dangers confronting
players of cymbals and tubular bells, as are
the shocks sometimes experienced by organists
and harpists. Operating a wind-machine can be
uncomfortable and sitting too close to a bass
trombone positively painful. This book is informative
to a high degree and supplies many chuckles
THE HOFFNUNG MUSIC FESTIVAL
The conductor sharpens his baton on a pencil
sharpener, Stravinsky checks his tempi against
a metronome, the tenor controls his voice with
the help of knobs on his waistcoat and the Hoffnung
Music Festival is underway in a riotous happening
of symphonic caricature. The Hoffnung Festival
Chorus, with one or two exceptions is performing
with confidence and enthusiasm and the Maestro
himself looks well pleased. Visiting prima donnas
are perhaps rather alarming and it is a pity
the Battle Symphony ends the way it does.
In contrast a piscatorial Trout Quintet brings
an element of calm to the scene. This book is
one not to be missed.
THE HOFFNUNG COMPANION TO MUSIC
The inimitable Hoffnung felt it fitting to give
this small volume the dignity of alphabetical
sequence. In Companion to Music, C for
Concert-goers and Critics is dealt with
in some detail. Elsewhere a beautifully proportioned
double bass held in total embrace makes an ideal
dancing partner (see J for Jazz) and under H
advice is given on the art of horn making. O
for Orchestral Thoughts deals with a
more serious subject, while V for Volante
further develops the same subject. Hoffnung's
concern over the welfare of animals is high-lighted
under M for Marche Militaire, when a
photograph on the front page of The Times
of the royal ceremony of the Trooping of
the Colour, caused him to ponder the comforts
of cavaliy horses carrying the heavy burden
HOFFNUNG'S MUSICAL CHAIRS
Hoffnung's great love for animals shines from
the first section of this book as does his appreciation
of the elegance of their construction and their
behaviour.. In his eyes all are individuals
in their own right. His turtles are natural
timpani and timpanists, elephants play trumpets
and trombones just as cats are string players
simply by inclination and because they are made
that way. Cats were Hoffnung's great passion
and the obvious delight of the cat in this book
in being a musical instrument is unquestionable.
Elsewhere an array of inimitable cartoons includes
examples of the influence of music on domestic
life, on fashion and ending with an exemplary
instance of fortitude and determination in the
face of tribulation. In keeping with its companion
volumes, this book appeals is to the musical
and the non-musical and to old and young alike.
Hoffnung's last book, published two weeks after
his death highlights a superb and highly developed
sense of the purely ridiculous in musical fun.
A matador entices a prancing grand piano into
the bull-ring and a similar instrument, at the
crack of the ring-leader's whip, rears on its
back leg to its full magnificent height. In
the section on Noises Hoffnung reaches
dizzying heights as he puts sound on to paper.
Discover exactly what a cadenza, a pizzicato,
a thud, a ping or a dozen
other sounds actually look like. Fantastic too
isthe swarm of instruments forming the Tutti,
a drawing which bears endless scrutiny.
This last book of Hoffnung's must be the most
memorable of them all.
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