The Sonata for Horn and Harp by Louis François Dauprat is a fine example of an early romantic work for horn.  This piece is comprised of two main movements.  The first movement is written in sonata form and the melodic material alternates between the horn and the harp.  The second movement is a theme and variations that requires more in terms of flexibility and technique than the first movement does.  Since both movements contain numerous—and often lengthy—lip trills, a good lip trill is a requirement.  Overall, this composition showcases the beautiful, delicate character of the horn.  The horn and harp pairing creates beautiful timbres and unique resonances.


Composer Dauprat, Louis François
Dates (1781-1868)
Duration 16:00
Horn Range G3 to Ab5
Level Difficult
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Lip Trill
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region France
Accompaniment Available Harp, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Allegro con moto 10:52 Difficult G3 to G5
II. Allegro assai 5:35 Difficult G3 to Ab5