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. However, the Scherzo movement only has five horn parts, divided as follows in the score:   I actually wrote a paper about Mahler 5 as an undergrad (a great topic!) and […]

On Choices of Horns


This past few months has been productive and interesting in terms of practice and equipment. Two things drove this. One was being forced to change mouthpieces due to allergic sensitivity (more here). The other is an upcoming recording project. I had settled in and was playing for a couple years a horn that is comparable […]

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Rethinking the Warm-Up


At an extreme, warm-up routines come in two flavors: etched in granite, or free-form. This past weekend at Arizona State we hosted Prof. Jeffrey Agrell of the University of Iowa for a horn day event. One topic area that came up was warming-up, in the session he titled “Warm-Ups: Horn Math: a New Look at […]

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Horn Matters Guide to the Final Four, 2014 edition


Basketball can be predicted through horn professors! April 5 there are two games. The first game is Florida against Connecticut, which would pit Paul Basler against Robert Hoyle. I have nothing against Hoyle, but Basler is such a triple threat as a horn player, teacher, and composer that I have to give Florida the win by […]

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Warm-Up with Drone > Tuner


Which is better, warming up with drone pitches from a pitch generator or watching a tuner? If you have the time and location to do so drone pitches are superior. I have went though phases on this over years of playing. Right now my practice is centered around a trio recording project with my colleagues […]

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Annie Bosler on Dealing with Nerves & Performance Anxiety


Nerves, performance anxiety, and peak performance are topics of particular interest to hornists. I was just pointed to a new video presentation on this topic from hornist Annie Bosler. Bosler is the maker of the great 1M1: HOLLYWOOD HORNS OF THE GOLDEN YEARS movie which has been shown at several horn workshops (movie website here, […]

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The Top 9 Horn Excerpts for High School Study


A question was posted last night in the Horn People group about the top horn excerpts for study by high school students. It quickly received a variety of answers, some great, some a bit off track. The correct answer would be one driven by a survey of the horn audition requirements for top level music […]

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