Repertoire Quiz

Here’s a fun little quiz to get you thinking about repertoire.  Actually, this series of questions is very similar to some from my doctoral preliminary examinations, and is a great exercise for current or future horn teachers.

For each of the following categories, name three solo works, three etude collections, and three orchestral excerpts you could use yourself or recommend to a student to develop that particular technique.  For example:

High Range Development: (Solos) Telemann, Concerto in D; Haydn, Concerto No. 1; Wilder, Suite for Horn and Piano (Etudes) Reynolds, 48 Etudes; Gallay, Unmeasured Preludes; Kopprasch, Etudes for High Horn, Op. 5 (Orchestral Excerpts) Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, 1st horn; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, 1st horn solo; Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess, 1st horn

Try completing the rest of the categories below based on your knowledge of horn repertoire.  You can check other resources if necessary, but try to generate as much as you can on your own.

Low Range                                                                                                                         Stopped/Echo Horn                                                                                                              Multiple Tonguing                                                                                                                        Soft Playing                                                                                                                                  Loud Playing                                                                                                                               Staccato                                                                                                                                          Legato                                                                                                                                      Slurring                                                                                                                                        Flexibility                                                                                                                               Transposition                                                                                                        Phrasing/Interpretation                                                                                                      Extended Techniques                                                                                                                          Jazz Horn                                                                                                                                     Improvisation

Of course, many of the same works can be used in multiple categories.  If coming up with three solos, etudes, and excerpts is easy for you, then go with five (or ten) of each type.  Try coming up with new categories too, as I’m sure my list can be supplemented with other techniques.

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