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Music Library Browse/Research Guides: Horn/French Horn

Tips for Searching

  • When searching for recordings or scores for this instrument, try both "French Horn" and "Horn." There is a debate among the professionals on the official name of the instrument and therefore the instrument and its repertoire have been found under both terms.

  • When looking for a score, make sure that it is in the correct key! Horn music comes in a variety of keys, most commonly: F, Bb/Bs, and Eb/Es.

Barry Tuckwell Horn History

Tuckwell created a documentary on the history of the Horn. This video is the first of the series.

Horn Guide

Selected Bibliography and Literature Lists

Anderson, Paul G. Brass Solo and Study Material Music Guide. Evanston: Instrumentalist, 1976. RMU ML128 W5 A6

Brüchle, Bernhard. Horn Bibliographie. Wilhelmshaven: Heinrichshofen, 1970.
     RMU ML128 H67 B8

Clark, David Lindsey. Appraisals of Original Wind Music: A Survey and Guide.
    Westport : Greenwood,
1999.  RMU ML128.W5 C6 1999

Fasman, Mark J. Brass Bibliography: Sources on the History, Literature, Pedagogy,
    Performance, and
Acoustics of Brass Instruments. Bloomington: Indiana University
    Press, 1990. RMU ML128 W5 F3 1990

McBeth, Amy. A Discography of 78 rpm Era Recordings of the Horn: Solo and Chamber
    Literature with
Commentary. Westport: Greenwood, 1997.
    RMU ML156.4.H7 M33 1997

Meckna, Michael. 20th-Century Brass Soloists. Westport: Greenwood 1994.
    ML399 M4 1994

Renato Meucci and Gabriele Rocchetti. "Horn." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music
    (accessed March 5, 2012).  Grove Horn Article (UWM ID Required)

NYSSMA Manual: A Resource of Graded Solo & Ensemble Music Suitable for Contests
    and Evaluation
Festivals. [Westbury, N.Y.]: The Association, 1997.

Pizka, Hans. Hornisten-Lexikon. Munchen: Hans Pizka Edition, 1986.
    RMU ML955 P59x 1986

Reynolds, Verne. The Horn Handbook. Portland, OR: Amadeus, 1997.  
MT420 .R49 1997

Dennis Brain Performance

Key Horn Players and Composers

Dennis Brain, principal horn in Royal Philharmonia Orchestra

    C-Disc Z NAA 1282 [CD]

    C-Disc Z CAA 1424 [CD]

    ANG 35496 [LP record]

Philip Farkas, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Boston Symphony

     COR 4891 [LP record]

    MT420 F3x A6 [book]

    MT75 F37 [book]

Georg Kopprasch, composer of Kopprasch Etudes

     MT425 K7x S5 1939 [book]

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, composer of Horn Concerti

     M1029 M94 T8x 1994 [score]

     C-Disc HAR 907012 [CD]

Punto, Beethoven's principal Horn player, composer

     M289 P86x 1965 [score]

     M462 S86 op.2 no.1 G6 [score]

     LON 6938 [LP record of Beethoven's Sonata for Horn and Piano, op. 17]

Franz Strauss, composer, principal Horn player at the Bavarian Court Opera

     M263 .S77x op.7 1996 [score]

Richard Strauss, composer

     C-Disc PHI 412 237 2 [CD]

     M1029 S92x op.11 I5 [score]

Barry Tuckwell, London Symphony Orchestra

     LON 6519 [LP record]

     C-Disc LON 417 4062 [CD]

     M1029 M94 T8x 1994 [score for the Mozart Horn Concerti edited by Tuckwell]

     C-Disc Z CAA 1508 [CD]

     Z AMF 0025 [LP record]