Study en Mozart
As a classically-trained horn player, I spent a lot of time studying Mozart’s four Horn Concertos (my favorite is the second). They are standards for the instrument and provide lots of opportunity for developing essential horn techniques. This piece is my attempt to impersonate the style and form of a Mozart horn exposition. I expect you could substitute this piece for the first movement of any of the Eb Concertos and only the horn players would notice – and, please, tell me if you do this.
Duration: 4 minutes
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