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Minimalist horn etudes

Years ago a friend pointed me toward Glassworks, the great 1982 album by the minimalist composer Philip Glass.

Ethics and College Music Admissions

There are two topics that come up every year in the world of horn and music admissions, both of which are timely...

Questions and answers on developing a college teaching career (and big...

Recently a group of questions came in from John Robinson, a trombone performance major at the University of Iowa enrolled in the...

You didn’t study Maxime-Alphonse?

With resistance being futile, Horn Matters recently launched an Instagram account. Check it out! hornmattersofficial
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Hornmasters: Even More on the High Range

To close the topic of the high range we have quotes and tips from seven more classic horn texts. Harry Berv in A Creative Approach...

Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French...

As someone who works in marketing and advertising, I respect the value and power of word-of-mouth opinion. While big-name consumer brands - like McDonald's and Sony - manipulate popular...

The Vintage Conn 8D

Last week an article was featured on Cleveland.com, “Conn-Selmer Inc. turns out classic horns for world's best musicians.” Also last week I got back...

The Top Ten Orchestral Works for Horn (the last one might...

I recently had a question come in on what were the most important horn excerpts. Back when I was first at Arizona State I...

Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece (I): The Basic Parts

Part I: The Rim and Preliminary Thoughts Part II: Cup, Throat and Bore Part III: Weight, Plating and Shopping Tips For the past decade I have stayed...

French Horn Transposition Chart

A complete reference. Transposition Chart (PDF) (updated 2012) Over the past few months, I have been posting various transposition tricks, including how to transpose: A and...

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Hornmasters: The Exhale and Points of Resistance, Part II

As I have noted elsewhere, horn teachers of days gone by seem to rarely have attacked each other directly. But if you read their...

On Phrasing in Mozart

Clues to look for in plotting an interpretation. In planning out a performance of a Mozart horn concerto, some theoretical knowledge of musical forms is...

What Santa Does Between Stops

I will return on January 3, 2011. Safe travels and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!

Two Ways to Warm-up, and a Great Quote from John Barrows

Today in our horn pedagogy class the topic was the warm-up. One aspect of this that is little commented upon is there are essentially...

The Physics of Brass Instruments, A Cabbage Lecture

Horn geek alert! A fascinating video lecture presented by Brian Holmes at a Fermilab* Colloquium Series explains the physics of brass instruments and some of...

20th century horn favorites 2: Schmid and Cooke

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....
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