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Musician and Instrument Maker Richard Seraphinoff

Aaron Cain visits musician, teacher, and maker of historical horns Rick Seraphinoff.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff poses for a portrait in his home workshop outside of Bloomington on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Seraphinoff makes meticulous copies of 18th and 19th century Baroque and Classical model horn instruments in his home workshop.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff bends brass tubing into shape in his home workshop.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Horns, books, and photos adorn a wall of the home workshop of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff outside of Bloomington.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff polishes a horn in his home workshop.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff plays a horn in his home workshop.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Technical diagrams of a horn sit on a workbench.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Valve levers on a horn in the home workshop of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff.

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    Photo: James Brosher, IU Communications

    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Professor Richard Seraphinoff polishes a horn on the porch of his home workshop.

  • Richard Seraphinoff with graying beard, slightly smiling, in front of white wall, wearing read sweater over open-necked dress shirt.

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    Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

    Richard Seraphinoff

IU Professor of Music Richard Seraphinoff has for the past quarter-century produced handcrafted reproductions of 18th- and 19th-century horns and is the co-founder of the International Trumpet-making Workshop.

He’s made nearly 500 horns, which are sent to universities, museums, and to historically-informed performers of 17th- and 18th-century music around the world.

He also performs and records regularly on natural horn with period instrument ensembles throughout the country, and presents numerous recitals and master classes.

WFIU’s Aaron Cain speaks with Seraphinoff in the WFIU studios to learn about how and why he started playing historical horns, and visits his home workshop outside of Bloomington where he and his wife Celeste create many different kinds of brass instruments to put the horns through their paces.

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