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Horn Technique Paperback – April 2, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0198162773 ISBN-10: 0198162774 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 2, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198162774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198162773
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This popular book was first published in 1962 and as a standard reference for the instrument it has proved of value to a whole generation of horn-players ... Schuller has greatly enlarged the repertoire list.' Gary McPherson, International Journal of Music Education, Number 20, 1992

'this is no aimless stroll down memory lane; Schuller's practical common sense is as relevant today as it was in 1963. He is always thoughtful, but his approach is empirical rather than theoretical. He believes in technical orthodoxy, but in a sensible, pragmatic way. Schuller writes vividly, drawing upon his own experience as a horn player, conductor and composer.' Daivd Hoult, Music Education, Volume 10 - 1993

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American composer, conductor, educator, jazz critic, horn virtuoso

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bibliobob on May 7, 2010
Three things bother me about this book:

1. The chutzpah of Oxford University Press for pricing it as high as they did.
2. The author's habit of criticizing unnamed straw men to make his point.
3. There's little here that isn't covered more thoroughly and more authoritatively in Farkas Art of French Horn Playing and Reynolds The Horn Handbook.

Like Farkas, Schuller prefers a moderate approach to selecting an instrument and mouthpiece. Unlike Farkas, he's not very specific, except he doesn't like big bore horns, by which I think he means large bell throat.

Both criticize what has come to be known as the big American horn sound as being immoderate, without naming names. Could he be referring to the artist Leonard Bernstein called the finest horn player in the world? Principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 17, principal horn of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years, on the faculty at Juilliard for 42 years? He doesn't say.

Like Farkas, he describes embouchure and airflow, but came to some different conclusions. For example, Schuller says teeth alignment varies when you are playing ascending (with overbite) or descending (with underbite) lines. Farkas recommended aiming the airstream into the center of the mouthpiece. Schuller aims it at the side (top or bottom) of the cup - where depends on pitch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
This is an excellent handbook and supplementary guide to the Farkas book. I recommend this book to horn players of any level. Like the Farkas book, this reviews technique and tips to make good horn players even better. This along with the Farkas Book, are absolute musts in the horn players library.
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Aimed at professionals and teachers, this small book is absolutely stuffed with important advice. Some of this is a bit dated (e.g., it was written before triple horns started becoming common), but Schuller provides information that is generally not present elsewhere, and in a thorough, matter-of-fact manner. Included is an extensive repertoire list.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Dunker on March 15, 2012
Very insightful and thorough book about every aspect of horn playing. Very good repertoire list at the end too. It obviously doesn't include the very modern pieces, but there's still plenty there. I like that the book is a small size too, easy to put in my bag or case.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Williamson on April 2, 2010
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This is THE book concerning horn technique. First published in 1962, updated and greatly added to 30 years later. A must for anyone playing, or contemplating playing, the horn.
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