ERIC HESSEL

24 Unconventional Etudes for Horn


24 Unconventional Etudes explores areas of contemporary music that are often technically challenging, elusive, mind-bending, and otherwise vastly different from conventional performance on the horn. These include

  • Natural horn
  • Microtonality (extended just intonation and quarter tones)
  • Right hand technique (for melodic and timbral effects)
  • Multiphonics (singing while playing)
  • Extended techniques that are combined or juxtaposed
  • Advanced Rhythms: metric modulations, non-dyadic meters, complex additive rhythms, nested tuplets, etc.
  • Spatial (proportional) notation
  • Geometric notation
  • Graphic notation
  • ...and other considerations!

Inspired by compositions by György Ligeti, Thea Musgrave, George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis, Brian Ferneyhough, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and others, these etudes are indispensable for the modern hornist.


For more information on unvconventional composiition for horn, other resources, and the pedagogy behind this book, please see the author's dissertation, "Addressing Technical and Musical Challenges in Contemporary Music for Horn through Newly-Composed Etudes," published by the University of North Texas (2019).


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