Thistle, Robert * 1945
-Cologne Concerto, RTWV 11 for trumpet, horn
Robert Thistle was born in 1945 in Salem, Massachusetts. Music played a role in his life since his earliest days, when he came home from kindergarten singing Humperdinck’s “Fourteen Angels” from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” that he had learned that day. His musicality was furthered in the nest of the home, where all in the family were musically active. While searching for the appropriate musical instrument, the moment of decision arrived after
hearing “The Waltz of the Flowers” from Tschaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”: it had to be the horn! For his high school grad¬uation ceremony and as audition piece for his college studies, R. Thistle played the Rondo of Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto. After his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, he went on for a Master’s in Horn, while receiving instruction in piano, composition and voice. He was active outside of college as an orchestral horn player, horn teacher, as well as tenor soloist in churches and in an opera club. Boston was and remains full of cultural inspiration, as were the summers spent at Dartmouth College, where R. Thistle made the ac¬quaintance of Music Director Mario di Bonaventura and such famous composers-in-residence as Aaron Copland, Witold Lutoslawski and Hans Werner Henze.
Before R. Thistle continued his musical life in Europe, he played many concert tours for three years of service in the U.S. Army throughout his native land. Soon after arriving in Europe, R. Thistle won his first orchestral position with the Nuremberger Symphoniker and from there went on to play with the Philharmonia Hungarica and the Municipal Orchestral of Wuppertal before beginning his present position in Cologne with the Gürzenich Orchestra, playing horn and Wagner tuba and teaching his instrument at the Cologne music school. Composition and chamber music always played an important part of life. An important moment was the discovery that his wife Ingeborg Thistle had written poetry under her maiden name of Reimann. Synesthesie was flowing strongly in the warm atmos¬phere of Ingeborg’s art studio in the moment that her words revealed their latent potential for a musical setting.
Cologne Concerto (RTWV 11) Horn and trumpet come together for a good time, whether at a party, a reception or whatever.
Published at CD by Robert Thistle and Wolfgang G. Haas. HaasClassicCologne HCC 2008 002 available underwww.Haas-Koeln.eu in the Internet Shop.