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Bibliography of Reference Materials on Auditioning
& Orchestral Excerpts

by Jeffrey Agrell

In the wake of the recent Horn Call issue that focused on auditions, I would like to offer a list of articles on the subject. Also useful may be the listing here of the Horn Call articles on specific orchestral excerpts, though this list includes all orchestral horn excerpt articles, not just those excerpts from the standard audition repertoire.

Articles on Auditioning and Audition Repertoire

Agrell, Jeffrey and Pugh, Stephen, “Horn Auditions: United States Orchestras,” Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, April 1985, XXIV:14-15.

Cerminaro, John, “The Audition System in America,” HC May 2000, XXX(3):35-36.

Chenoweth, Richard, “Audition Basics,” HC Feb. 1996, XXVI(2):39-42.

Cooper, Christopher, “My Audition with the Canadian Brass,” HC May 2000, XXX(3): 51.

Decker, Richard, “Thoughts on Auditioning,” HC April 1985, XV(2):31-32.

Deskur, Edward, “Low Horn Auditioning,” HC April 1992, XXII(2):48-51.

Dolson, Donna, “Orchestra Auditions in Japan,” HC May 2000, XXX(3):47.

Dressler, John, “Audition Repertoire: An Update,” HC April 1993, XIII(2):51-52.

Dressler, John, “Materials for Horn Auditions: Band and Orchestra,” The Instrumentalist, Jan. 1982, XXXVI:65-67.

Ericson, John Q., “A New ICSOM Audition List Survey,” HC Oct. 2002, p. 53-55.

Gardner, Randy C., Krehbiel, David, Wall, Howard, and Williams, Gail, “Views from the Other Side of the Screen,” HC May 2000, XXX(3):39-42.

Gross, Steve, “Taped Orchestra Auditions – A Report,” HC October 1984, XV(1):41-43.

Heimberg, Tom, “Auditions and After: Part 1, The Typed Resumé,” International Musician, November 1986, 85:5,16.

Heimberg, Tom, “Auditions and After: Part 1, The Taped Resumé,” International Musician, December. 1986, 85:11,19.

Horner, Andrew, “Fake Horns: Experiments in Taped Auditions,” HC Nov. 1999, p. 61-65.

Justiniano, Emily, “Auditioning for United States Air Force Bands,” HC May 2000, XXX(3):49-50.

Kaslow, David, “Fearlessness,” HC May 1994, XXIV(3):23-29.

LaBar, Arthur, “A Survey of Audition Repertoire in Opera and Ballet Houses,” HC Oct. 1991, XXII(1):29.

Leuba, J.C., “Audition by Video-tape: Commentary,” HC Oct. 1983, XIV(1):84-85.

Malinda Finch Kleucker, “The W-I-N-N-E-R Approach to Auditions,” HC Oct. 1992,

Pizka, Hans, “Auditions – or Maximum Stress?” HC May 2000, XXX(3):37-38.

Thomas, Brian and Seth Orgel, “Auditioning for a Horn Position in the United States,” HC April 1993, XIII(2):56-60.

VerMeulen, William, “Audition Success: A Pedagogical Approach,” HC Feb.
1996, XXVI(2):51-58.

Audition Books and Videos

Decker, James, Master Series for Horn, IVASI [International Video Audition Service Institute], University of Southern California. A video of conductors conducting 62 [prerecorded] standard audition excerpts with orchestra. NB: this is the second half of the video; the first half consists of various basic drills and exercises.

Dunkel, Stuart, The Audition Process: Anxiety Management and Coping Strategies, Julliard Performance Guides No. 3, Pendragon Press, 1990.

LaBar, Arthur, Horn Player’s Audition Handbook, Belwin Mills, 1986.

LaBar, Arthur, Hornist’s Opera and Ballet Handbook, Phoenix Music Publications.

Ritzkowsky, Johannes, and Sprach, Alois, Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions: French Horn, C.F. Peters. Includes 3-CD set of examples.

Thompson, David, ed., The Orchestral Audition Repertoire for Horn, Thompson Edition, Inc. 1044 pages of original horn parts of standard audition repertoire.

Articles on Orchestral Excerpts

Agrell, Jeffrey, “Magic Flute Revisited,” HC Oct. 1990, XXI(1):55-59.

Anderer, Joseph, “A & A-flat Horn in Italian Opera,” HC Nov. 1995,

Anderer, Joseph, “Prelude to Das Rheingold,” HC Nov. 1994, XXV(1):59-60.

Bacon, Thomas, “Chopin Piano Concerto #2 in F minor,” HC Oct. 1987,

Blandford, W.F.H., “The Fourth Horn in the ‘Choral Symphony’,”HC April 1980, X(2):52-59.

Bourgue, Daniel, “Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles,” HC April 1993,

Chenoweth, Richard, “Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte Aria No. 25, “Per Pieta,” HC Oct. 2008, p. 51-53.

Chenoweth, Richard, “Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro,” HC May 2010, p. 49-52.

Christinat, Lukas, “Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, 4th Movement,” HC April 1991,

Deskur, Edward, “Der Rosenkavalier – the 2nd Horn Part,” HC April 1989,

Dressler, John, “An Alphabetical Listing of the Chambers/International Music Company Orchestral Excerpt Books for Horn, Vol. I-VII,” HC April 1988, p. 90.

Epstein, Eli, “Tackling Schostakovich Five,” HC Nov. 1998, XXIX(1):75-77.

Farkas, Philip, “Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto: II,” HC April 1990, XX(2):40-41; reprinted in HC May 2001, XXXI(3):77.

Farkas, Philip, “Playing the First Horn Part to the Introduction of Richard Strauss’s Tone Poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life),” HC April 1992, XXII(2):55-56.

Farkas, Philip, “Till Eulenspiegel,” HC Oct. 1984, XV(1): 55-57.

Fensterer, Manfred, “Two Unusual Horn parts: The Corno da Caccia in the
B-minor mass and the Cantata “Erforsche mich Gott” BWV 136 by J.S. Bach,” HC
Oct. 1992, XXIII(1):78-79.

Freimuth, Elizabeth, “Mahler’s Symphony No. 9,” HC May 2009, p. 63-65.

Gardner, Randy, “Performance Considerations of the 2nd Horn Role in Selected Works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven,” HC May 2005, p. 72-74.

Gregory, Robin, “The Horn in Beethoven’s Symphonies,” HC April 1987, VII(2):25-31.

Huckeby, Ed, “The Fourth Horn Part of the Adagio Cantabile Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Op. 125) in D Minor,” HC XIII(2):72-75.

Ingraham, Paul, “The [Mendelssohn] Nocturne,” HC, Feb. 1999, p. 75-77.

Kavalovski, Charles, “Franck Symphony in D minor,” HC Oct. 1986, XVII(1):

Klingelhoffer, Bill, “Polishing It: Adam’s Giselle,” HC May 2008, p. 32.

LaBar, Arthur, “Horn Player’s Audition Handbook Errata,” HC April 1989, p. 108.

Leuba, J.C., “Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony,” HC April
1986, XVI(2):64-67

Leuba, J.C., “Comments on, and an idex of the Gumbert Excerpt Series,” HC Oct. 1979, p. 19-21.

Leuba, J.C., “Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1,” HC Nov. 1993,

Leuba, J.C., “Opening to Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto,” HC Oct. 1989,

Leuba, J.C., “Stravinsky’s F Sharp,” HC Oct. 1981, p. 42-43.

Martin, Jean, “Mahler’s 5th Symphony: A Conversation with Gregory Hustis,”
HC May 1995, XXV(3):65-69.

Martin, Jean, “The Nocturne [from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream]: A
Conversation with Paul Ingraham,” HC Feb. 1999, XXIX(2):75-77.

Martin, Jean, “Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Third Horn,” HC May

Martin, Jean, “Mahler’s Use of the 2nd Horn in the 9th Symphony,” HC Feb.
2000, XXX(2):73-76.

Martin-Williams, Jean, “Excerpt Clinic with the Pittsburgh Symphony Horn Section,” HC Oct. 2003, p. 67-68.

Montone, Jennifer, “Orchestral Notes: Bruckner Symphony No. 4,” HC Feb. 2010, p. 97-101.

Moore, Richard C., “‘Micaela’ Aria from Carmen by Bizet,” HC Oct. 1988,

Paulus, Joshua, “The Off-Stage Horn,” HC Oct. 2009, p. 50-54.

Schreckengost, John, “Important Orchestral Excerpts for Horn in Keys Other Than F,” HC May 2005, p. 58.

Secon, Morris, “Beethoven’s 6th Symphony,” HC April 1987, XVII(2):34-35.

Seifert, Gerd, “Siegfried Long Call,” HC April 1985, XV(2): 43-46.

Spanjer, Alan, “Mahler’s Use of the Second Horn in the 9th Symphony,” HC Feb. 2000, p. 73-76.

Rose, Stewart, “Micaela’s Aria in Bizet’s Carmen,” HC Nov. 2001, p. 71-72.

Ver Meulen, William, “Haydn Symphony No. 31 (Hornsignal),” HC April 1988,

Wall, Howard, “The Importance of Subdivision in the 4th Horn Part of Der Freischütz Overture,” HC Oct. 2004, p. 39.

Wekre, Froydis Ree, “Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1,” HC Oct. 1991,

Witte, Tom, “Playing Second Horn on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3,” HC August 2000, XXX(4):79-80.