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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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With this article we begin a regular feature on Horn Matters, a series under the heading University of Horn Matters. This series will present...

As noted in a prior article, E-Books are a major trend in publishing and they are on the rise in the horn world. We...

Up today are three brief reviews of recent horn publications recently received. First up are the 15 Low Horn Etudes by Ricardo Matosinhos. Published in...

There are a number of topics where it is particularly interesting to compare and contrast the approaches of Philip Farkas and Gunther Schuller. Being...

Etude practice has long been a standard way to train and cross-train horn technique.  As to etudes Philip Farkas in The Art of French...

FECHOPS -- Iron Chops -- that was on the license plate of Calvin Smith. It is with sadness we at Horn Matters report his...

James asks: I recently purchased an old 1960's Contempora online. However, both the horn and the case look like they haven't been touched since the...

Since I am taking time off from playing the French horn, the practice space in my home office has morphed quite a bit since...
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