Background on “Playing High Horn”


Over the summer of 2007 I worked very hard toward the completion of four book projects and launching a new publishing venture, Horn Notes Edition.

The project that started this process for me, Playing High Horn: A Handbook for High Register Playing, Descant Horns, and Triple Horns, started as a book on descant horn and was quickly expanded to cover the broader topics of high range development and triple horns. It is a great resource for development of the high range, with an emphasis on the effective use of descant and triple horns. The book includes complete parts for the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and B Minor Mass of Bach, Concertos by Telemann and Förster, the Symphony No. 31 and Divertimento a tre of Haydn, the Symphony No. 40 of Mozart, the Schumann Concertstück, excerpts from other works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvorak, Ravel, and Shostakovich, exercises for range development, and much more.

Originally I hoped to have this book out well over a year sooner, before my file went in for tenure consideration at ASU, but it was not to be. When I seriously started looking at starting my own publishing venture a number of other possible projects came to mind. With colleagues involved with similar publishing projects and knowing that I could use exactly the same printers they use was an incentive, I knew that I would be able to put out a great product. Do check it out.

UPDATE: This book was re-written as an E-book, Playing Descant and Triple Horns. More info here.

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