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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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Gunther Schuller in Horn Technique has a rather different take on the tongue and tonguing than Farkas. He certainly does not agree with the...

A post yesterday on the Hornisten der Berliner Philharmoniker Facebook page brought to mind a point worth making about motivations for horn players. The specific post...

As noted in the previous article in the University of Horn Matters, in the 19th century some people loved valved horns and some hated...

I have played a lot of horns. I switched to the horn in high school and first played a school 6D and then an...

San Diego Symphony hornist Doug Hall is hosting a regional horn workshop next weekend, but his name is also in the news if you read The...

One of the blogs Bruce and I both follow is Adaptistration, the site of arts consultant Drew McManus. He put up recently a series...

One thing perhaps not obvious from my recent mellophone posts is I am actually very familiar with the high F tube length, as I...

Working with a variety of horn students inevitably the embouchure comes up as a topic. An important aspect is placement on the upper lip....
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