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Horn Parts from Solo Repertoire

pdf icon 150x110 PDF LibraryThe works below are the most standard solos for the horn from the 18th and 19th centuries that are available for download in 19th century, public domain editions.

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Horn Parts from Orchestral Repertoire

pdf icon 150x110 PDF LibraryThis resource is intended as a basic outline to guide advanced orchestral horn study at the college level. The parts listed (1, 2, etc.) are the most essential for study from the works listed.

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 end of 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

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  • 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.


  • Ten Etudes by Duvernoy, Meifred, and Schantl, drawn from Playing Natural Horn Today and Ultimate Horn Technique (Ericson)
    PDF. Article.
  • 12 Grand Studies by Belloli, Gallay, etc. from the Otto Langey Tutor for French Horn
    PDF. Article.


  • 15 Duets from the Otto Langey Tutor for French Horn
    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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