Jean Francaix’s Divertimento is a short, but difficult piece.  It exhibits the characteristics of the French style, requiring light, facile tonguing and plenty of attitude.  This three-movement work requires excellent technique, rhythmic skills, and articulation.  The first and third movements are more technical in nature and contain numerous syncopated rhythms.  The second movement is lyrical in nature and marked by long phrases.  In the third movement there are two phrases that require flutter tonguing, two lip trills, and a short stopped flourish that ends on a high Bb (Bb5).  Despite its difficulties, this piece is an exuberant, flamboyant, audience pleaser.


Composer Francaix, Jean
Dates (1912-1997)
Duration 6:00
Horn Range C3 to C#6
Level Difficult
Clef Treble and “New-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Flutter Tongue, Lip Trill, Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region France
Accompaniment Available Orchestra, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Moderate


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Introduzione 1:46 Difficult D3 to A5
II. Aria di Cantabile 1:52 Difficult C3 to D5
III. Canzonetta 3:19 Difficult C#3 to C#5