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Horn Parts from Solo Repertoire

Horn Etudes and MiscThe works below are the most standard solos for the horn from the 18th and 19th centuries that are available for download in public domain editions.

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Horn Parts from Orchestral Repertoire

Horn Etudes and MiscThis resource is intended as a basic outline to guide advanced orchestral horn study at the college level. The parts listed (1, 2, etc.) contain excerpts that are the most essential for study from the works listed.

NEW: The Horn Matters PDF Excerpt E-Book Series.

A a series of three concise excerpt books based on actual orchestral parts in a PDF E-Book format, this free publication includes major French horn excerpts from the most important works for auditions in a format that is easily viewed and printed from any device (computer, iPad, etc).

Download Volume I directly here. Learn more about the book here.
Download Volume II directly here. Learn more about the book here.
Download Volume III directly here. Learn more about the book here.
Overall Index to the excerpt book series here.

Essential Orchestral Horn Parts

These works were requested on at least 50% of major orchestra audition lists for one orchestral position (1, 2, 3, 4, or asst./utility) in a recent survey of ICSOM orchestra audition lists (see NOTES at the end of the PDF list for source).

Works requested on more than half of all audition lists are *marked.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (1, 2, 4)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (corno obligato)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (3)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1)
*Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1-4)
*Strauss: Don Juan (complete–1-4)
Strauss: Don Quixote (2)
Strauss: Don Quixote (4)
*Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (1-4)
*Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (complete–1, 3)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (1-4)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (1)
Wagner: Short Call (1)
Wagner: Das Rheingold Prelude (4, 8)
Weber: Der Freischutz Overture (1-4)

Important Orchestral Horn Parts

Important works requested on many major orchestra horn audition lists.

Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe (1, 4)
Ravel: Pavane (1)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scherezade (1)
Rossini: Semiramide Overture (1-4)
Saint-Seans: Symphony No. 3 (3)
Schoenberg: Chamber Sym. No. 1 (1, 2)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (2)
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (1, 3)
Strauss: Symphonia Domestica (4)
Stravinsky: Fairy’s Kiss (1)
Stravinsky: Firebird (1)
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (4)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (4)
Wagner: Prelude Act II of Lohengrin (2)
Wagner: Prelude Act III of Lohengrin (1-4)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger (1-4)
Wagner: Long Call from Siegfried (1)
Weber: Oberon Overture (1)

Exercises & Technical Studies

Horn Etudes and Misc

Build your technique! Click on any link to view an individual PDF.

  • Buddah Lee, (wide slurs and harmonic shifts)
    PDF. Article.
  • Slurpies, (slow pitch-bending & glissandi)
    PDF. Article.
  • Technique Exercises, primarily drawn from Playing High Horn (Ericson)
    PDF. Article.


  • Low Horn Kopprasch — Edited by Josef Schantl, from Vol. IV of the Horn-Schule
    PDF. Article.
  • Ten Etudes by Duvernoy, Meifred, and Schantl, drawn from Playing Natural Horn Today and Ultimate Horn Technique (Ericson)
    PDF. Article.
  • 10 Grand Concert Studies from the Complete Method of Oscar Franz
    PDF. Article.
  • 11 Etudes by Gallay Edited by Josef Schantl from Vol. IV of the Horn-Schule
    PDF. Article.
  • 12 Etudes by Gallay from the Grand Method for the French Horn
    PDF. Article.
  • 12 Grand Studies by Belloli, Gallay, and Gugel from the Otto Langey Tutor for French Horn
    PDF. Article.
  • 12 Modern Preparatory Etudes by John Ericson
  • 22 Melodic Etudes by Josef Schantl
    PDF. Article.
  • 29 Etudes from the Complete Method of Oscar Franz
    PDF. Article.


  • 14 Duets by Gallay from the Grand Method for the French Horn
    PDF. Article.
  • 15 Duets from the Otto Langey Tutor for French Horn
    PDF. Article.
  • 31 Duets from the Horn-Schule of Henri Kling
    PDF. Article.


  • Works that are not linked in the list of orchestral excerpts are either not available for posting at this time or are currently under copyright.
  • The lists of orchestral parts for study are based on the results of a recent survey of major orchestra audition lists. For the complete results see John Ericson, “A New ICSOM Audition List Survey,” The Horn Call 33, no. 1 (October, 2002), 53-55.
  • Some of the orchestral PDFs contain a number of parts and dozens of pages. Before printing out a specific part, be sure to set your printing options to print out only the pages that you want.
  • And for the horn solos, only the horn solo parts are included in this online resource aimed at teachers and students of the horn of all levels. For the piano parts we recommend the use of available, commercial editions.


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