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A series of articles featuring quotations from famous masters of the French horn.

Hornmasters extra: Pottag on tonguing in 1947, and an inside look...

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...

Hornmasters: Cousins and Reynolds on Conductors

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

Hornmasters: Farkas on Conductors

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

Hornmasters on Performance Anxiety, Part IV: Kaslow

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

Hornmasters on Performance Anxiety, Part III: Wekre and Reynolds

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...

Hornmasters on Performance Anxiety, Part II: Cousins

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

Hornmasters on Performance Anxiety, Part I: Farkas

The final major topic touched upon in The Art of French Horn Playing is performance anxiety. Farkas kicks it off by noting When a student has...

Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part IV: Hill and Beyond

One of the best know publications of Douglas Hill is Extended Techniques for the Horn: A Practical Handbook for Students, Performers and Composers. This...

Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part III: Various Tips

Moving on, William R. Brophy in his Technical Studies for Solving Special Problems on the Horn notes that “the place at which the bell...

Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part II: Schuller and Berv

In Horn Technique Gunther Schuller wisely expands the discussion to include stopped horn and the related technique of half-stopped horn. Beginners are often baffled by...