Musical Definition

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Hessle47, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Hessle47

    Hessle47 New Member

    On a new piece of music I have several occurrences of the term "ff quasi corno" just before some slurred runs marked with a 7 in 6/8 time.
    Can anyone explain what the term quasi corno means on a second horn part?
    I thought it meant "as if a horn" but that does not seem to make sense!
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  2. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Active Member

    I guess it is supposed to mean "Like a (French) Horn"
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  3. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    That sounds right. Not sure what you are supposed to do, though.

    I was once playing in an orchestra when the conductor asked the trombones to play more like the horns. 'Of course' said the 1st trombone 'we'll stick our hands up the bell and split every other note' ......
  4. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

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  5. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Yes. They want you to 'rip it a new one!' like the French horn!

    Just don't try to force your hand deep into your bell.:eek:
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  6. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

    That'll teach that conductor to tread warily around the 'bones . . . :D
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  7. jobriant

    jobriant Member

    As a player with orchestra, wind band and orchestra experience, I would interpret this to mean "Try to sound like a French Horn."

    Jim O'Briant
    Gilroy, California, USA
    Music Director / Staff Arranger, The Pacific Brass Band
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  8. Hessle47

    Hessle47 New Member

    Thanks for the replies,
    OK "sound like a french horn", how do I do that on a tenor horn?
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  9. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    The runs are the clue. Check out the tonal quality in the video I linked to above. Blow hard to get an edge to the sound, and rattle through the valve fingerings with confident bluff to get the rip.
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  10. Euphonium Lite

    Euphonium Lite Active Member

    Yep, Daves pretty much explained it, but just taking it one step further - overblow slightly so that the sound becomes slightly harsh and very "Brassy". Youre essentially trying to get the whole instrument to resonate.....

    Similar thing in the Euph part for Pines of Rome - marked quasi Buccine (I think - may have misspelt it though) - a Buccine was a Roman instrument that looked similar to a sousaphone with a long neck (forward facing bell). Basically we were told to play it as loud as we possibly good and "rough".
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