Franz Strauss (1822-1905), the father of the notable composer Richard Strauss, was an equally capable composer in his own right.  The Nocturno, Op. 7, for horn and piano was published in 1904.  This lyrical work, in ABA form, is of easy-to-medium difficulty.  Its key signature, broad dynamic range, grace notes, and turns require some detailed practice, but they are not an overwhelming undertaking.  The rhythmic elements of the work are fairly straightforward; however, it is important to pay close attention to the difference between the eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes.  Overall, this is a beautiful, lyrical work that has become a standard in the horn repertoire.


Composer Strauss, Franz
Dates (1822-1905)
Duration 6:00
Horn Range Ab2 to Ab5
Level Easy/Medium
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques None
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano, Wind Ensemble
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy
Movements One Movement