Speaking of a "Basically Beethoven" Festival. What if we (meaning anyone who reads this) come up with a Festival name for each letter of the alphabet to match a composer with the same letter, such as Basically Beethoven or Mostly Mozart.
As for the balky horn, I took it out of context. What a phrase to coin. Watch out for balkyness, horn players! Have you done your balk prevention exercises today? Uh Oh, the principal horn player balked a solo really badly in the first half. Man, I totally balked that solo! I think I need to lose some weight, my playing has felt really balky the past few months. 😮
Here is the full paragraph:
The Vista Wind Quintet proved more impressive than the string quartet booked for the main hour.
This looked to be a group of 20-somethings: Ruth Ann Ritchie, flute; Natasha Merchant, oboe; Michael Jones, bassoon; David Gonzalez, clarinet; and Heather Test, horn. Apart from a couple of balky horn notes, the performances of Nino Rota's Piccola offerta musicale and Robert Muczynski's Wind Quintet, both in a fluent, Frenchified neoclassical style, were buoyant and sensitively tapered.
Sounds like they have a good start as young chamber musicians.
All kidding aside, the Basically Beethoven Festival sounds like a fresh idea for classical music, "a series of FREE, family-friendly, classical chamber music concerts and recitals that take place every Sunday afternoon in July, inside the air-conditioned Grand Hall in Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Dallas Texas."