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French Horn Audition Repertoire

All Candidates

All students applying for entry into the fall 2021 semester must record all pieces in their entirety according to the repertoire requirements below. For further information on audition procedures for the coming year, please click here.

Separate tracks are acceptable for each item and individual excerpt. In addition to the recorded audition, all candidates will have an online interview with the Horn Faculty.

Undergraduate

  • Exposition of the first movement of a concerto by Mozart or Richard Strauss
  • Etude of the candidate’s choice by Kopprasch or Gallay
  • Orchestral Excerpts

Excerpt required of all undergraduate applicants:

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III (mm. 98-110) – first horn

Choose two additional excerpts from the following list:

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III (trio) – second horn
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 1, Mvt. III (Reh. 15 to Reh. 16) – second horn
  • R. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (opening calls) – first horn
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5, Mvt. II (opening solo) – first horn
  • Wagner – “Short Call” from Götterdämmerung – first horn

Graduate

  • First movement of a standard concerto of the candidate’s choice
  • Contrasting solo of the candidate’s choice (exposition or a selected two- to three-minute excerpt only; candiate need not record entire movement or piece)
  • Orchestral Excerpts

Excerpt required of all graduate applicants:

  • Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (opening 16 measures) – first horn

Choose three additional excerpts from the following list:

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, Mvt. III (mm. 82-100) – fourth horn
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Mvt. II (mm. 90-105) – first horn
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 9, Mvt. I (21 mm. after Reh. 16 through 40 mm. after Reh. 16) – first horn
  • R. Strauss – Don Quixote (Var. VII) – second horn
  • Wagner – Das Rhinegold, Vorspiel (mm. 25-56) – eighth horn

Artist Diploma

  • First movement of a standard concerto of the candidate’s choice
  • Contrasting solo of the candidate’s choice (complete piece)
  • Orchestral excerpts (record all)
    • Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III (trio) – second horn
    • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, Mvt. III (mm. 82-100) – fourth horn
    • Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Mvt. II (mm. 90-105) – first horn
    • Brahms – Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III (mm. 98-110) – first horn
    • Mahler – Symphony No. 1, Mvt. III (Reh. 15 to Reh. 16) – second horn
    • Mahler – Symphony No. 9, Mvt. I (21 mm. after Reh. 16 through 40 mm. after Reh. 16) – first horn
    • R. Strauss – Don Quixote (Var. VII) – second horn
    • R. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (opening calls) – first horn
    • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5, Mvt. II (opening solo) – first horn
    • Wagner – “Short Call” from Götterdämmerung – first horn
    • Wagner – Das Rhinegold, Vorspiel (mm. 25-56) – eighth horn