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Composers of Solo Repertoire for Horn

This page contains biographical information on prominent composers of solo repertoire for the horn that are available online. There are of course non-online (nonline?) sources that should be consulted if available, a.k.a. books and magazines (especially: The Horn Call)
[This page is under development – it’s going to take time to amass the information and links.]

Information on Composers:
Dolmetsch Online – Composer Biographies – vast resource of composer biographies. Includes a large number of excellent links to complementary information.
Naxos – composer information – large number of composers listed; not every one has a bio
Classical Composers (from Music Resources on the Internet)
Classical Composers Database
Contemporary Composers Index – currently lists 14,174 composers. The site is in English, German, Russian, and Portuguese
Contemporary Composers at IRCAM En français.
Music Library Association Obituary Index
Gaylord Music Library Necrology
ClassicalNet – Composers & works
52 – selected composers from many countries and eras. Includes videos of performances and links for more information.
Classical Navigator: Composers
Classical Archives: Composers
Classical Composers Archives – vast content. Lists composer info by country; includes “Today’s Musical History”, Calendar, Timelines (by century), Birth years, Classical Masters, Opera Masters
Living Composers Project
MOLA Composer Links
PBS Composer Bios
Classical Composers Biographies
Women Composers – links to women composers and performers (incl. jazz & pop)
Women Composers (II) – database of women composers whose works have been recorded on CD
Women in History: Composers (thanks to Peggy Fields for this link)
Women of Note (women composers of the last 250 years)
Composer’s Index – Women Composers (simple list with birth/death dates)
Composers Bureau Online – contemporary American composers
Dr. Estrella’s Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers – bio info on 500+ composers; biographical essays, links, links to books, CDs and sheet music, timeline, opera timeline, birthdays, posters, gift shop.
Classical Composers Database
List of Classical Composers by Era [Wikipedia]Composer Timeline
Composer Timelines – downloadable timelines of major composers 1100-present in pdf and text formats.
Timeline of Major Classical Composers from 1300
Composer Birthdays – who has the same birthday as you?
Classical Notes – A collection of program notes on composers and pieces. Not a huge collection, but some useful information here (e.g. where else will you find something about Alan Abbott, composer of “Alla Caccia”?) – has bio sketches about just about everyone who’s anyone, including classical composers
Videos (biographical films) of famous composers
Composer Biographies
Donemus – Dutch Composers
Swiss Composers
Irish Composers
Italian Composers
Soviet Composers
Karadar Classical Music – 2000 composer bios, from Keiko Abe to Elisabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken Zuylen (say that 3 times fast…)
Composers – Links to 165 composers of all eras from the Indiana University School of Music Library. Scroll down for links to lists of composers.
Unknown Composers – A list of links to underrated and/or lesser known composers and masterpieces and those who may be difficult to find much bio info on.
Ultimate Classical Music Resource: Composers

A Guide to Musical Program Notes & Analyses
A list of sources to program note research. Includes a list of Library of Congress class numbers for books descriptive of various genres, e.g. MT92 are guides to the music of individual composers.

Don’t neglect other online sources that may be available through your local music library (subscriptions), such as Groves Online.
And there’s always Google (and other search engines) and Wikipedia.

Complete lists (catalogues) of composers’ works available at
Karadar Classical Music World

Composers for Horn + (sample of) works for horn [under development]

Abbott, Alan (*1926) – Alla Caccia for Horn & Piano

Adler, Samuel (*1928) – Sonata for Horn & Piano

Atterberg. Kurt (1887-1974) – Concerto for Horn & Orchestra

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827). See also Beethoven’s personal web site. Great Composers: Beethoven Part 1, Part 2, Part 3; All About Beethoven

Berge, Sigurd (1929-2002) – Horn Lokk

Borroff, Edith (*1925) – Sonata

Bozza, Eugène (1905-1991)

Buyanovksy, Vitaly (1928-1993) – España

Bowen, York (1884-1961)

Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897). Life of Brahms [YouTube video]; Brahms: A Life in Pictures [YouTube video]. Great Composers: Brahms Part 1

Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976). BB2, BB3

Brouwer, Margaret (*1940) – Sonata for Horn & Piano

Busser, Henri (1872-1973)

Chabrier, Emmanuel (1841-1894)

Cherubini, Luigi (1760-1842) – Sonatas 1 & 2

Clearfield, Andrea (*1960)

Cooke, Arnold (1906-2005) – Rondo

Corrette, Michel (1707-1733)

Damase, Jean-Michel (*1928)

Danzi, Franz (1763-1826) – Sonata in Eb major, Op. 28; woodwind quintets Op. 56, 67, 68

Dauprat, Louis-François (1781-1868)

Defaye, Jean Michel (*1932) – Alpha

Desenclos, Alfred (1912-1971) – Cantilene et Divertissements

Desportes, Yvonne (1907-1993)

Devienne, François (1759-1803)

Dukas, Paul (1865-1935) – Villanelle

Cecil Effinger (1914-1996) – Rondino

Förster, Christoph (1693-1745)

Frackenpohl, Arthur (*1924)

Françaix, Jean (1912-1997)

Glazunov, Alexander (1856-1936) – Reverie

Glière, Rheinhold (1875-1956) – Horn & Piano: Intermezzo, Nocturne, Romance, Valse Triste; Concerto for Horn & Orchestra. Free scores here. Article on him here. Web site devoted to him here.

Haydn, Franz Joseph (1732-1809)

Heiden, Bernhard (1910-2000) – Sonata

Hill, Douglas (*1946)

Hindemith, Paul (1895-1935)

Hummel, Bertold (1925-2002)

Jacob, Gordon, (1895-1984)

Ketting, Otto (*1935)

Koetsier, Jan (1911-2006)

Krol, Bernhard, (*1920)

Larsson, Lars-Erik (1908-1986) – Concertino

Madsen, Trygve (*1940) – Sonata

Mozart, W. A. (1756-1786); The Mozart Project

Musgrave, Thea (*1928)

Neuling, Hermann (1897-1967)

Persichetti, Vincent (1915-1987)

Reynolds, Verne (*1926)

Rheinberger, Joseph (1839-1901) – Sonata

Ries, Ferdinand (1784-1838) – Sonata

Rosetti, Antonio (1750-1792)

Rossini, Giacomo (1791-1868)

Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921) – Romance, Morceau de Concert

Schoeck, Othmar (1886-1957)

Schubert, Franz (1797-1828) – Auf dem Strom for Horn, Soprano & Piano

Schumann, Robert (1810-1856) – Adagio & Allegro

Strauss, Franz (1822-1905)

Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

Telemann, Georg Philip (1681-1767)

Tomasi, Henri (1901-1971)

Vignery, Jane (1913-1974) – Sonata

Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826) – Concertino in E major

Wilder, Alec (1907-1980)

Vintner, Gilbert

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