Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto is a rousing, dramatic work that was written for Barry Tuckwell.  It is a one-movement work for horn and orchestra containing difficult rhythms, large leaps, and shifting meters; moreover, there piece emphasizes the horn’s high range and has an entrance, after some rest, on a high C (C6).  While this piece is quite difficult, the interplay between the horn and orchestra creates some nice effects, especially with the use of stopped horn in both the solo and orchestral horn parts.  It should be noted, that while a piano reduction exists, the publisher (in the piano score) requests that the reduction be used for study purposes only.


Composer Knussen, Oliver
Dates (b. 1952)
Duration 12:00
Horn Range E2 to C6
Level Advanced
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available Orchestra, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Hard
Movements One Movement