French Horn History Essay Samples

In much earlier times, horns were very basic instruments indeed being little more than brass tubes wound a few times and having a flared opening. These early types of horn were frequently used on hunts for calling in the dogs has of course the tone is produced could be heard over much further distance than the human voice.

These early horns would be commonly found pitch in various keys to the example in the keys of E, E flat, F, B flat, and C. Owing to reasons explained in more detail in our introductory horn section, the only notes available to the player were those based on the harmonic series of the single note and accordingly the only way that the player could claim different key structures was to insert extra lengths of tubing and these were known as ‘crooks. When the player inserted one of these crooks, it would alter the tube length of the instrument, and accordingly the pitch of the instrument.

In the early 19th century, the use of firstly pistons then later rotary valves (right) was developed. At first the main value of this was of course to get away from the clumsy practice of having to change crooks during the music. However more than this, this use of different types of valves offered a much greater degree of flexibility when playing in different keys and the full use of valves made the horn capable of producing the fall chromatic scale for the first time. This greater flexibility was very soon of course reflected in the works that composers created for the horn which no longer had to be limited to the fundamental notes of the harmonic series and allowed the horn player to play more emotively and utilise chromatic passages. Some horn players however still prefer to use a natural horn especially when playing in the kind of ensemble wishing to recreate original old styles.

By the end of the 19th century and additional practice was well established whereby a player would insert his right hand into the bell of the horn in order to change the pitch of the notes by as much as a full tone and of course today this gives even greater control of his instrument to the horn player.

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Pre-race comments Kenilworth 11 November

Meraki
Event: Race 1, Maiden Plate
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: Improving all the time and from a good draw here should be in with a winning chance.

Cradleofgratitude
Event: Race 1, Maiden Plate
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: He needed his last run, strips fitter now and could have an outside chance.

So It Begins
Event: Race 1, Maiden Plate
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: This 1400m should be a bit quick for him, so we not expecting much first time out.

Little Miss Me
Event: Race 3, Maiden Plate (F & M)
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: Close to winning now, she has one or two to beat but doing very well and has a big chance.

Romantic Crusade
Event: Race 4, FM 64 Handicap (F & M)
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: Once again draws badly, but in good shape and hopefully can run a good race first run out the maidens.

Horizon
Event: Race 5, Pinnacle Stakes
Distance: 1400m
Pre-race comments: First run for the season, in preparation for the Greenpoint Stakes. It’s a really competitive field and he is not well in at these weights over a distance short of his best but will bring him along nicely for the features ahead.

Live Life
Event: Race 7, Laissserfaire Stakes (Listed)
Distance: 1100m
Pre-race comments: She has a big weight to give away so it won’t be an easy task for her, but she is classy and should be right there.

Felicity Flyer
Event: Race 7, Laissserfaire Stakes (Listed)
Distance: 1100m
Pre-race comments: Good run last time first time back, and at the weights could have a fair chance at some black type,

Extradite
Event: Race 7, Laissserfaire Stakes (Listed)
Distance: 1100m
Pre-race comments: She was caught out in a slow run race last start, and if there is a better pace on here she could make the frame.

Scandola
Event: Race 7, Laissserfaire Stakes (Listed)
Distance: 1100m
Pre-race comments: Well weighted , doing well and could be the dark horse here.

Twilight Trip
Event: Race 8, Merit Rated 80 Handicap
Distance: 1600m
Pre-race comments: Doing very well but unfortunately drawn out wide. The short fast running track will make it tough for Aldo to get into contention but doing very well and you need to include him in all perms.

Tammi Eastland 2017-11-10T11:39:23+00:00

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