Horn 1: c - d3
Horn 2: G - f#2
Horn 3: g - ab2
Horn 4: F - f#2
Horn 5: f# - bb2
Horn 6: c - eb2
Horn 7: g - g2
Horn 8: Eb - eb2
Real Music for Horns
These arrangements are enjoyed by,
The CSUS Horn Studio, Pete Nowlen, director
The San Jose Horn Choir, Larry Osborne, director
In general, the odd numbered parts will be written for high horn players and the even numbered parts for low horn players. However, the 'low horn' parts will cover most of the range of the horn in order to keep these parts interesting and help relieve the high horn players. Octet arrangements utilize a 'double quartet' part assignment (i.e. Horn 5 is really 'Horn 1B' etc.). Some suggestions for seating arrangements are as follow:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
Some of the larger works will have extra 'ad lib' horn parts for beginner/rebuilding players to use in mass choir situations.
I hope you enjoy these additions to the horn repertoire.
Gotterdammerung (or Götterdämmerung in German) is the last of the four operas that go under name Der Ring des Nibelungen (or short, The Ring). "Siegfried's death and funeral march' is one of the better known orchestral excerpts from the cycle, arranged for and performed by symphony orchestra, brass ensemble, brass band, concert band, and many more.
This arrangement only includes the funeral march, and the main difficulty stems from the extended range (as indicated above) and non-scale runs that appear in every part. A random version of the work is easily found, and the transcription will sound pretty much like that, except with eight horns.
The arranger's notes above are valid for all Jones arrangements, and are not printed in many other publication. For a more visually and aurally entertaining performance, the first setup option is recommended (semicircle), but if space is limited, or more than eight horns used, two rows will do just fine.