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One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Last up in this brief series looking at some of my favorite works for the horn from the 20th century (all included in my...

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

Some horn players are very averse to change, but changes have to be made! One exciting type of change is getting a new horn...

A topic that comes up periodically is piston valves, as in why are they not used on horns? They actually have been; a couple...

The topic for episode 23 of the Horn Notes Video Podcast is the International Horn Competition of America in a conversation with the host...

The two most recent episodes of the Horn Notes Video Podcast both relate to tuning. The newest episode is one featuring Gustavo Camacho with a...

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Random Articles

Discontent and disconnect From the president of the New England Conservatory comes a very interesting article that starts in Detroit and ends in the conservatory...

Tuesday morning I had to hear the 9:00 recital. Why? Because I was on the 11:30 recital in the same venue and I wanted...

We welcome a new advertiser at Horn Matters, David Griffin. His new recording is enjoying brisk sales and will be receiving a review in the...

Put briefly, memes are a virally-transmitted form of communication and interaction. Cultural symbols and pop icons are often incorporated, and a very popular one for several years...

Nothing can inspire you to practice more than a horn that clearly plays better than what you have been playing. In my case, I...

Excerpt from Strauss: Four Last Songs and a unique embouchure. If I were to pick one and only one spot in all symphonic repertoire which...

Another big pet peeve in amateur/school settings are services, especially rehearsals, running long. They run long because conductors have the luxury of not using...

Below are yet more, somewhat random Hornist Hamster memes. Can you find the Robert Schumann quote? Enjoy!   Mistakes are made by fools like me, but...
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