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    Malcolm Arnold:
    Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Orchestra, Op. 11
    Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Strings, Op. 58

    Kalevi Aho:
    Horn Concerto (for Horn & Chamber Orchestra)

    Benjamin Lees:
    Horn concerto

    Oliver Knussen:
    Horn concerto

    Five from the past 80 years. All worthwhile IMO (YMMV).
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    I love the Gliere concerto.
    Also, the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

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    I love the horn, but the Mozart concerti have bored me to death for decades. Strauss's are good (No. 2 better). Schumann's Concertstucke is a gem. My favorite horn work has long been Britten's Serenade, followed by Brahms' Trio.
    (Speaking of trios, the one in Beethoven's Eighth for clarinet, horn, and bass I love.)
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    Schumann’s Konzerstucke for Four Horns is an interesting, if slightly bombastic little work that is definitely worth a listen. It was written to showcase the newly-invented valve horn.
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    Yes indeed, the Trio of the Beethoven Eighth is one of my favorite musical “spots” in all of Beethoven. Pure delight. I would add the Opus 40 of Brahms to my list of favorite works with horn. Also, the Poulenc Sextet and the Dohnanyi Sextet, op. 37.

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    I like the Mozart concerto, have accompanied them many times.. same with Strauss #1...
    The Schumsnn Konzertstuck for 4 Horns is wonderful, and very difficult... 1st part is a bear - very high...gets up to concert A (above treble staff....Haydn #51 gets up to concert Bb numerous times)
    The Britten Serenade is a great piece..beautifully written, very effective...

    We accompanied Eric Ruske in the Weber " "Concertino"....in one cadenza part, the hornist is supposed to play a chord progression...plays a note, sings another, then the 3rd note sounding by harmonics....he got it at the rehearsal, but it didn't sound at the concerts...
    I heard Robert Routch, performing with the Paul Winter Consort, play an entire Bach style chord progression using that technique...that was impressive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Schumann’s Konzerstucke for Four Horns is an interesting, if slightly bombastic little work that is definitely worth a listen. It was written to showcase the newly-invented valve horn.
    That's a fantastic piece! Don't care if it's a bit (!) showy, it's a very loveable piece of Schumann.

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    ^ And anyone who finds it bombastic should check out the lovely Holliger recording, where everything is in the right perspective.

    As for horn concertos to follow Strauss with, wasn't Franz (the father of Richard) a horn virtuoso? I'm not sure what concertante horn works you get in a romantic vein after the Strauss. Quite a few modern composers wrote horn concertos, though. The Penderecki is worth a listen as is the Knussen. I can also remember liking the concerto by Welsh composer, Alun Hoddinott. Going back, aside from Mozart, there is also the Brahms trio.

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    I wonder if anyone ever orchestrated the Brahms trio in a concertante way, for horn soloist & orchestra. Not that the original needs any changing, it's a masterpiece. But Brahms's chamber music can stand up to outside orchestration well, if Schoenberg's orchestral take on the Piano Quartet in G minor is any indication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    As for horn concertos to follow Strauss with, wasn't Franz (the father of Richard) a horn virtuoso?
    According to the booklet with my CD set of the concertos performed by Hermann Baumann, Strauss's father was indeed a famous horn player. It also says that he found the first concerto "too difficult to play."
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    I love Weber's Horn Concertino in E Major. So pleasant and light in structure and makes me smile every time I listen to it.

    If i was to go for obscure one i would try Gordon Jacob's Horn Concerto. Some beautiful music and the slow movement is to die for.
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    As for French horn concertos, Charles Koechlin's Poéme for Horn and Orchestra, Op. 70b should be mentioned. It is a 1927 orchestration of Koechlin's earlier Horn Sonata, Op. 70. IMO, Koechlin composed & orchestrated exceptionally well for wind instruments. He reminds me a bit of Haydn in that regard.

    Op. 70b (1927):


    Koechlin also wrote other works for the horn, including Fifteen Pieces for horn (or saxophone), Op. 180, and as noted, his earlier Horn Sonata, Op. 70:

    Op. 180 (1942): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5cYcxIwzMA
    Op. 70--Horn Sonata, for horn & piano (played by Barry Tuckwell & Daniel Blumenthal):
    1- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sVypiWxxYs
    2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqKnDMPTlNk
    3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFYgna7SFyY

    Btw, Federico Mondelci & Kathryn Stott made an excellent recording of the Fifteen pieces, Op. 180 on a saxophone & piano:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4rh9KUQooU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WerUB-p7mw

    Although not a horn concerto--nor even a work for a traditional horn, another French work for "English horn" that rarely gets mentioned & is a great favorite of mine is Claude Debussy's Rhapsodie pour Cor Anglais et Piano (or Rhapsody for English Horn and Piano). The English horn is actually a large oboe--50% longer, with a different reed, & pitched a fifth below an ordinary oboe, in the F key rather than C key. (It has the same range as an alto saxophone.) I thought I'd bring it up since it's such a rarity to hear:

    Here Debussy's Rhapsodie is played by Nicholas Daniel, with pianist Julius Drake:
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    My music education degree is with a concentration on horn so these are some of the pieces I enjoyed playing the most:

    Haydn - Horn Concerto 1 and 2 (#2 MIGHT actually be by Michael Haydn)
    Mozart - Horn Concerto 1, 2, 3, 4, Horn Quintet, Concert Rondo, and the K452 Quintet
    Beethoven - Horn Sonata Op 17 and Wind Sextet Op 71
    Brahms - Horn Trio
    Strauss - Horn Concerto 1
    Dukas - Villanelle
    Saint Saens - Morceau de concert, Op.94
    Cooke - Nocturnes for Soprano, Horn, and Piano

    Not to mention all the great wind quintet literature out there.

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    I missed out a favourite in my earlier post: Atterberg's Horn Concerto ... a really lovely work.

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    FYI - Here is my video walkthrough of Haydn's Horn Concerto #2

    http://somethingclassical.blogspot.c...oncerto-2.html

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