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Articles with a focus on the orchestral side of things

From the Mailbag: What to do when there is No Time...

A question came in regarding a specific work that had sections marked muted but there was no time allowed to put in or take...

On the Horn Parts in the Scherzo of Mahler 5

One of the great orchestral works featuring the horn is the Symphony No. 5 of Mahler. The full work itself has six horn parts....

Two Practical Tips on How to be a Smarter and Happier...

When playing with any classical music ensemble - whether it be large or small - it is really not enough to be technically accomplished...

Use of the Assistant First Horn

Among recent updates to my Horn Articles Online site was the restoration to the site an article on the use of the assistant first...

Anatomy of an Orchestra Gig: Getting Out-of-Town and Staying Overnight

When working in Chicago as a freelancer many years ago, a portion of my work involved commuting very long distances. For a few jobs...

A Glimpse into the Horn I Book of the Duo Operas...

For the first production of the 2011-2012 Arizona Opera season, I am bumping up from third to principal horn on a pairing of two...

“Horns are a Quarter-Beat Late”–A Response

This article came to mind in answering a recent question that came in, and a bit of searching told me that it was not...

From the Mailbag: Why does Another Horn Player in my Section...

Another question that came in recently was that of why a person in a horn section sounded bad. In the E-mail it mentioned the...

The ‘Bonus Notes’ of Dvořák’s 7th Symphony

Of all the symphonies of Antonin Dvořák my favorite is the 7th. While his 9th symphony is epic and immensely more popular, and the...

Notes on Playing Assistant Horn

I am not playing assistant but I am playing in the section of the Phoenix Symphony again this week. The post below is from...