This unaccompanied work by alcolm Arnold is a standard in the horn’s repertoire.  t is often seen on competition lists and, despite outward appearances, is quite a difficult piece.  The piece eplores the maority of the horn’s range and challenges numerous facets of the performer’s techniue articulation, uick fingerings, stopped horn, dynamic range, and endurance.  The piece is structured in an ABA form and begins in a fast 6/8 meter.  The lilting melody is reminiscent of the horn’s early use as a hunting instrument.  This ode to the hunting horn is continued in the B section where the pace is slower and stopped horn is used to create an echo effect.  Also in the B section is a vivace segment with rapid sixteenth-notes and chromatic scales.  Following a ritard, the piece employs a brief lento section to transition back to the original A theme.  This final section, marked prestissimo, often causes anxiety for performers.  It is this last drive to the end that requires the most energy and enthusiasm from the player; however, this is also where endurance troubles emerge due to an ascent to several high Bb’s (Bb5) in the last eight measures.  Overall, this piece is fun, fast-paced, and exciting. 


Composer Arnold, Malcolm
Dates (1921-2006)
Duration 4:00
Horn Range C2 to Bb5
Level Difficult
Clef Treble and “New-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available None
Movements: One