Standard Orchestra Excerpts for French Horn: A Discussion of Practice and Pedagogy
Porretta, Julia Alexandra
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This study will explain the preparation process needed by an aspiring orchestral French horn player to be sufficiently ready for an orchestral audition in both Canada and the United States. Through a survey of the most prestigious orchestras in both Canada and the United States, this study determines the common excerpts used for French horn auditions. Furthermore, the physical and mental aspects of preparation are discussed. This study seeks to provide both the necessary tools and the insight needed to enable a player to take a given excerpt and learn not only the notes and rhythms, but also discern many other subtleties inherent in the music, resulting in a full understanding and mastery of the music. The most common excerpts are musically analyzed in order understand why the excerpts are commonly chosen and how a French horn player can use pre-established pedagogical techniques and exercises in their individual practicing. This study will provide advice for future French horn players auditioning for the top orchestras in Canada and the United States.