This arrangement of Henry Purcell’s I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly by Mason Jones is a superb piece for a young student.  It provides a good introduction into solo playing, lyrical phrasing, and changing articulations.  The technical demands are minimal, allowing the focus of the piece to remain on lyrical playing and good tone production.  This piece is often overlooked in the horn’s repertoire, but should be remembered as an excellent teaching tool.  It is available, along with other excellent transcriptions for younger students, in the Mason Jones collection entitled Solos for the Horn Player.


Composer Purcell, Henry (Mason Jones)
Dates (1659-1695)
Duration 4:00
Horn Range D4 to E5
Level Novice/Easy
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques N/A
Era/Style Baroque
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy
Movements One Movement