What is the most difficult tenor horn solo out there?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Masterblaster jnr, May 24, 2008.


Which would be the best choice for a high brow concert?

Poll closed Sep 17, 2008.
  1. Ellerby Horn Concerto

  2. Wilby Horn Concerto

  3. Bel Canto

  4. Festive Praise

  5. Masquerade

  6. Violin Concerto

  7. Notturno

  8. stick with Piper O' Dundee

  9. Other (Please post)

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    I've found, and played, the piper of Dundee, which is very hard, but i fear that if i start playing it at concerts, then the same concert comes up again, i won't have anywhere to move on to . Anyone know any harder horn solos?

  2. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    You can always improve on a performance of a piece.
    Ask any of the top players if they have got anywhere to move onto after they have played a solo.
  3. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    If you find one don't tell my MD.....;)
  4. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Getting music out of the simplest piece could be one of the most difficult things

  5. Look through the soprano solo's, we all know soprano's have the most difficult parts in the band!
  6. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Sops are better off sticking to the nursery slopes in my opinion :wink:

    PS welcome to tmp:biggrin:
  7. huggie

    huggie Member

    Why do you want to play something harder? The horn is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments when played properly. Please don't go down the route of substituting tone and control for the most notes you can play. Brian Smith could bring an audience to their feet playing the simplest of pieces.
  8. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    Masquerade by Philip Sparke takes some beating
  9. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    Spot on :clap:
  10. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    the fugitive is another good one, as is the ellerby concerto, doubt you'd be playing it all out though!

    If you want something hard, stick with the slow stuff.
    Enough people whizzing round the fly-poo that sound like valve trombones already ;)
  11. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    OK, it seems as though the slow option is the one next. (BTW agree with Aidan, ellerby concerto is too long)

    Semi subject change, any high horn solos which are nice? My higher register is considerably better than the lower. And i prefer high notes any day. A time For peace is reasonably high but not that impressive.

    Has Sparke written anything for horn apart from Masquerade

  12. ballyhorn

    ballyhorn Member

    They are all hard...end of.....
  13. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    You mean raspy and out of tune?
  14. jerseylugs

    jerseylugs New Member

    I seem to remember seeing Gordon Higginbottom playing a version of the Mendelsson violin concerto. That might be a bit of a test if played at the right speed.
  15. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    Yeah, i've heard that one played before. Don't really like it because it just sounded like a succession of semiquavers with no real structure to it.


    Born Free. Pom Poooom, Pa Pa Paaaaaa, Paaa, Paaaa, Speeeeyah!!!!!!!!! :)
    Last edited: May 28, 2008
  17. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    erm..................no! :p

    **a very accurate term for most of the times i have played that. although it could be: Pom Poooom, Pa Pa Paaaaaa, Paaa, Paaaa, spepom (as he octaves it down (<<Chicken>>))
  18. ballyhorn

    ballyhorn Member

    Ha do you realise that you have just called one of Felix Mendelssohn's works a succession of semis with no real structure????????????????????.........and YOU are????



    Seriously, I'm sure our ex-solo horn player at Sellers, Leah Williams, used to muck around warming up with some horn concerto that sounded ridiculously hard. Some Mozart or Strauss thing. Lots of bluster, but sounded quite impressive!
  20. ballyhorn

    ballyhorn Member

    its only a top C .......isnt it?

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