Hermann Neuling’s Bagatelle is designed to showcase the horn’s low register and the flexibility of the performer.  It is based on the range and technique used by the second horn players of earlier centuries, and it has been frequently requested in second and fourth horn auditions of the European orchestras.  The main technical difficulties include: flexibility, ability to navigate large ascending and descending leaps, rapid articulations, strong articulation in the low register, and duplet and triplet rhythms.  This piece also requires that the horn player be able to read the frequent shifts between treble and old-notation bass clef.  Beyond its technical demands, the greatest artistic challenge in this work lies in creating the atmosphere of a solo instead of an etude with piano accompaniment.


Composer Neuling, Hermann
Dates (1897-1967)
Duration 6:00
Horn Range G2 to Ab5
Level Difficult
Clef Treble Clef and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Lip Trill
Era/Style Neo-Classical
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy
Movements One Movement