PDF: Low Horn Kopprasch, edited by Josef Schantl


These PDF, public domain low horn etudes are extracted from Volume IV the Große theortisch-praktische Horn-Schule of Josef Schantl (1842-1902).

Originally published in 1904, the best known portion today is Volume III, which was reprinted in 1941 in abridged form as Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work, edited by Max P. Pottag. The primary focus of Volume IV of the Horn-Schule is transposition, and included for purposes of that study is a rather heavily edited edition of 51 of the Op. 6 etudes and 13 of the Op. 5 etudes of Kopprasch. An overview of the history of publications of Kopprasch etudes may be found here.

Especially interesting among the etudes presented by Schantl are these twelve in lower keys than in the standard edition we are all familiar with. In my PDF edition they are unmodified, and the numbers are those given by Schantl. The new key and the many different articulations opens up these etudes in a new way for the modern horn student. Compared to the standard edition the etudes are as follows:

33 (25)Low-Horn-Kopprasch
34 (9)
36 (12)
37 (53) [Note: Transposed up or down, depending on measure]
38 (19)
39 (43)
40 (21)
42 (28)
44 (36)
45 (27)
47 (50)
81 (55)

The etudes, very useful for low horn study, may be downloaded from our PDF page or directly at the link below:

Josef Schantl is not that well known today, but was a major teacher and player of the late nineteenth century. He was a Principal Horn of the Imperial and Royal Court Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic, and has been credited with founding the Vienna Waldhornverein. Among many significant performances he performed on the premieres of Brahms second and third Symphonies and also the third and eighth Symphonies of Anton Bruckner.

With this set of etudes I will likely be closing out this series of free etude and duet PDF downloads. I have in the process of making these learned what I needed to toward laying out publications in a new program; be watching instead for several new PDF publications from Horn Notes Edition to come.

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