PDF Orchestral Horn Parts

PDF Orchestral Horn Parts

pdf icon 150x110 PDF Orchestral Horn PartsThis 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.

This guide is presented freely as an Open Educational Resource (OER) to the horn playing community by Horn Matters.

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).

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)


  • Works that are not linked are either not available for posting at this time or are currently under copyright.
  • These lists of 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 these 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.


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