An Operatic Horn Resource

1987
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Resources for opera excerpts are scarce.

I just found a resource – new to me – for operatic horn excerpts:

http://thehorninopera.com/

This is a CD (no sheet music) produced by Richard Chenowith that demonstrates the most requested operatic horn excerpts. While many specific symphonic excerpt and part resources are currently available, those for opera are few and far between.

In fact the only other opera horn resources that I can think of at the moment are:

  • Hornist’s Opera & Ballet Handbook by Arthur Labar with performance notes by Howard Howard – a superb book. I ordered mine through Portland Sheet Music.
  • The James Chambers Wagner excerpt book – which I suspect is out-of-print.

Mr. Chenowith’s CD is a much needed and very welcome addition.

Be sure to check out his article in the latest issue of the International Horn Society‘s publication The Horn Call. Chenowith writes on the Aria No. 25 from Cosi fan tutte.

Pictured above right:

A 1940 TIME magazine cover depicting famed heldentenor Lauritz Melchior in his signature role as Siegfried, playing the famous horn call. I have this framed on the wall in my home office and it is posted here under “fair use” of copyrighted material.

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