Horn Repertoire Week 13: The Modern Horn

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This week we have so much to cover that we cannot possibly cover it all. But we can try to hit a few highlights and point to the fact there is much more out there.

Among orchestral works there are a few mentioned in the high horn E-Book that we will briefly examine this week, including the Ravel: Piano Concerto in G and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5.

Then, going to solo works, it will be a race but our in-class focus will be on just a few works that are major but have not been performed lately here at Arizona State such as the Britten: Serenade, Op. 31 for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. And other works as time allows; there is much to attempt to cover — Bozza, Hindemith, Wilder, etc.

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Certainly there are works that have been written in the last 50 years that will become standards, but in the context of this overview course there sadly is just not enough time to get to them.

The final REMINDER to those out there reading this and thinking “why nothing about XXXXX” being this course is only an overview. There are sub topics that you could easily get lost in for an entire semester. For one prime example, visit and skim over the female composers and the horn website linked below, it would be easy to spend an entire semester on just that topic.

Within any topic, as well, the question would still be which works are the best? In terms of Female composers I would particularly point readers to this article by Dr. Lin Foulk:

Next week we wrap things up with a course of study and a look at some names in the horn world, but for sure everyone reading this should make a point to explore some of the more recent works written for the horn, I am sure there are gems out there that will be considered standard works in the future.

Continue to Week 14 of Repertoire Course

This is week 13 of a fourteen week course in horn repertoire, the second semester of a broad overview of horn repertoire, performance, and pedagogy. The introductory article is here, and the series is presented for the educational purposes of our readers.