This one-movement work, composed in the French Romantic style, is a beautiful piece that highlights the horn’s smooth, rich timbre.  The piece remains mostly in the horn’s middle- to-upper register and requires sustained breath support from the performer.  It is straightforward rhythmically and dynamically.  If performing this work on a full recital, endurance may be a consideration.  For while the work is fairly short in terms of length, the concentration of pitches in the horn’s middle-to-upper register may be cause for some concern.  Programming this work early on in the recital would eliminate this concern.  The piece was originally written for horn and orchestra, but a reduction for horn or cello, and piano was completed by Marcel Labey.


Composer Chabrier, Emmanuel
Dates (1841-1894)
Duration 9:00
Horn Range C2 to A5
Level Medium/Difficult
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Lip Trill
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region France
Accompaniment Available Orchestra, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Moderate
Movements One Movement