A4, Score (16) & parts (8x4=32, plus 2 optional novice parts, 3+2=5, total=37)
Structure / Movements
Allegro con brio
Horn 1: c1 - c3
Horn 2: d - a2
Horn 3: d - a2
Horn 4: G - f2
Horn 5: f# - bb2
Horn 6: d - f#2
Horn 7: d - g2
Horn 8: G - d2
Horn 9 (optional novice part): c1 - f2
Horn 10 (optional novice part): a - b1
Beethoven’s Symphony no.5 needs no introduction, and especially not the first movement. It is one of the most played classical works of all times, and one of the few works engraved in the minds of musicians and non-musicians alike. At least the first four bars that is…
Jones divides the eight horns into two sections, so they can bounce the theme off each other. After the tutti opening, the first section presents the string theme, while after the next fermata the second section does the same. This alternation continues throughout the whole movement and so gives a nice visual and aural stereo effect.
There are two minor, subjective downsides to this publication: the parts are in F, and for all those used to the original transposition, this may be a bit confusing. Also, the parts were probably done in Sibelius (notation software), which sometimes bugs when changing clefs (if there is a clef change after a multi-rest, the rest and clef overlap). This happens quite a few times, especially in the lower parts.
Apart from that, Jones’ arrangement has everything that should be there, so if you are after Beethoven’s fifth for eight horns, look no further.