The Concertino, Op. 45, by Carl Maria von Weber is quite a difficult work.  It begins with an introduction and is followed by a theme and its three variations, a recitative, and a polacca.  The piece was written in 1815 for the natural horn.  It also calls for multiphonics.  This technique can prove to be difficult for many horn players.  In addition to the use of multiphonics, the performer must also have good flexibility and a mastery of the horn’s range, as the piece calls for a range from a pedal F# (F#2) to a high D#’s (D#6).  In this edition there are optional parts for sections involving the high C#’s (C#6) and multiphonics.  An additional challenge for performers is the length of the work.  With or without the repeats, this work is taxing on a player’s endurance.  While challenging, this piece is quite amusing for both the audience and the performer.  

 

Composer Weber, Carl Maria von
Dates (1786-1826) 
Duration 17:00
F2 to D#6 F2 to D#6
Level Intermediate-Advanced
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef 
Techniques Lip Trill, Multiphonics
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficuly Moderate
Movements One