Franz Danzi’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 28, was composed for the natural horn.  The work follows typical classical form with a first movement sonata-allegro form, a slow middle movement, and fast third movement.  The piece does contain some fast, arpeggiated passages in the third movement but, unlike other similar works of the time, it does not contain any lip trills.  The first and second movements are accessible to an advanced high school player; the only difficulties are range, the low B-flats, and transposition from horn in E-flat.  This piece’s simple melodies and pleasant harmonies make it a delightful alternative to the Mozart concerti and the Beethoven Sonata.


Composer Danzi, Franz
Dates (1763-1826)
Duration 23:00
Horn Range F2 to F5
Level Easy/Medium
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques None
Era/Style Classical
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano, Wind Ensemble
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Adagio-Allegro 11:04 Easy/Medium Bb2 to F5
II. Larghetto 7:37 Easy/Medium A3 to F5
III. Allegretto 4:05 Easy/Medium F2 to F5