It is amazing how much is out there now on YouTube. This week a student pointed me toward a great find, Beethoven’s Eroica, a 2003 BBC movie.
Featuring music performed on period instruments by the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique (conducted by John Eliot Gardiner), the movie depicts the day of the first, private performance of Beethoven 3. The whole move runs close to an hour and a half, with a number of scenes that feature the natural horn section. There is a very cute scene near the beginning (just before 5:00) which is where this screen shot is from. Other major scenes for the natural horns come at around 25 minutes and also about an hour in. For me the period instrument orchestra really makes the movie, the scenes just listed being great windows into the past.
For more in general on the movie see the Wikipedia article, for info on the natural horn click here, and for the direct link to the video go here. Enjoy!