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French Horn Audition Repertoire

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. 13 to Reh. 15) – 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 (Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma)

  • 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; candidate need not prepare 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 (prepare 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