This three movement work begins with a theme and variations, followed by a slow movement, and ends with a modestly fast movement.  It is common for the first two movements to be performed by younger players but rare for them to play the final movement due to its increased level of difficulty.  The first movement’s technically challenging elements are mostly rhythmic, including accurate duplets vs. triplets and some rapid sixteenth notes.  Some also find the bold, energetic style to be challenging.  The second movement calls for sustained, lyrical playing.  It also requires good flexibility in the low range and accurate hand-stopping technique.  The final movement is the most technically difficult of the three.  It requires good control of articulation in slur-two, tongue-one triplets, along with great flexibility spanning over three octaves.  It also contains the work’s only lip trill and high C’s (C6).  The fun and spirited piece makes a great addition to any program. 


Composer Saint-Saëns, Camille
Dates (1835-1921)
Duration 9:00
Horn Range Bb2 to C6
Level Medium
Clef Treble Clef and “New-Notation” Bass Clef 
Techniques Lip Trill, Stopped Horn
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region France
Accompaniment Available Orchestra, Piano, Wind Ensemble
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Allegro moderato 4:00 Medium F3 to F5
II. Adagio 2:45 Medium Bb2 to G5
III. Allegro non troppo 2:17 Medium C2 to C6