The Natural Horn and the Beethoven Horn Sonata for the Valved Horn Player

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Steen, Kalila Anne
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Lisa Bontrager, Thesis Supervisor
  • Charles Dowell Youmans, Honors Advisor
  • music
  • french horn
This document serves as a practical guide for the modern player learning to play the natural horn. The document begins with an overview and history of the natural to help players understand what composers’ intended when writing horn parts. In addition, the document discusses how a valved horn player should adjust performance techniques when playing the natural horn. This section concludes with the benefits of studying the natural horn. The final section provides an analysis of Beethoven’s Horn Sonata useful to a performer of both the natural and valved horns.