Prelude, Theme and Variations, composed by Gioacchino Rossini in 1804, is a playful, yet technically demanding piece written in the classical style.  There are difficult rhythms, rapid sixteenth-notes in a slur-two-tongue-two pattern, and sixteenth-note triplets.  Also of some degree of difficulty is the light articulation and endurance required for a performance of this piece.  There are optional parts listed in most editions which offer both an alternative to the high C’s (C6) and offer the same high C as an optional pitch.  Additional optional parts are written in the final variation offering a more difficult alternative to the original printed part.  The decision of which part to perform is of course, left to the performer.


Composer Rossini, Gioacchino
Dates (1792-1868)
Duration 10:00
Horn Range G3 to C6
Level Difficult/Intermediate-Advanced
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques N/A
Era/Style Classical
Country/Region Italy
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Andante maestoso 3:40 Difficult G3 to G5
II. Allegro moderato 2:59 Difficult C4 to C6
III. Andante maestoso 1:36 Difficult C4 to G5
IV. Tempo I 1:00 Intermediate-Advanced C4 to G5
V. Variations 1:16 Intermediate-Advanced G3 to C6