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Hornmasters

Quotes from famous masters of the French horn.

Max Pottag (1876-1970) certainly qualifies as a master hornist, performing for 40 seasons with the Chicago Symphony and having published pedagogical materials still in...

This week a legendary figure in the horn/music world passed away, Gunther Schuller. His name has come up in Horn Matters quite a few...

Working on the articles that became the “Hornmasters” series in Horn Matters, one name and method that had been unfamiliar to me was that...

Farquharson Cousins has quite a lot to say about orchestral playing and about conductors specifically in On Playing the Horn. He notes for example...

Philip Farkas recognized a practical reality; ultimately, in orchestras, conductors are our bosses. He makes a point in The Art of French Horn Playing...

David Kaslow has as arguably the central chapter of Living Dangerously with the Horn a chapter on “Fearlessness.” His discussion is substantial and should...

Frøydis Ree Wekre in Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well notes that The best remedy against stagefright and nervousness is to always be in the...

Farquharson Cousins has an extended examination of “the mental side” of horn playing in On Playing the Horn. He suggests that “For those whose...

In general the topic of muted horn appears to have been of no great concern for Farkas from a technical standpoint (“with proper practice,...

Breathing is a very important topic! In looking at this topic in terms of horn publications the focus is typically on the inhale and...