The Franz Strauss Fantasie is a delightful work for horn and piano.  It begins with an introduction before moving into the presentation of the theme.  There are five subsequent variations, including a Russian rondo.  The first two variations, the Russian rondo, and the final variation present technical challenges which include rapid sixteenth-note passages and challenging articulations.  The Andante is in a 9/8 meter with rich harmony created in part by the eighth notes in the piano accompaniment.  Even with its rigorous technical passages, the piece allows for some rubato in the variations to add diversity to repetitions.  When performing this piece with all repeats, be advised that it can be quite taxing.


Composer Strauss, Franz
Dates (1822-1905)
Duration 10:00
Horn Range F2 to A5
Level Intermediate-Advanced
Clef Treble Clef and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques N/A
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Orchestra,Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Introduction/Adagio 2:53 Medium A3 to F5
II. Thema 0:55 Medium D4 to F5
III. Variation I: Con brio 1:00 Medium C4 to F5
IV. Variation II: Con fuoco 1:00 Medium F3 to F5
V. Andante con moto 2:02 Medium Bb3 to G5
VI. Rondo Russien, moderato 2:50 Medium Bb1 to Ab5
VII. Più mosso 0:46 Medium F2 to A5