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       Academic Festival Overture Op.80 (Brahms) featuring French Horn

1    Opening theme


2    Wir hatten gebauet ein stattliches Haus (We have built a stately house)


3    Third theme


4    Alles schweige! (Hört, ich sing das Lied der Lieder)


5    Fuchsenritt (Was kommt dort von der Höh') (What comes from afar?)


6    Sixth theme 'Gaudeamus Igitur'

       Adagietto from L'Arlesienne Suite No.1. (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    A slow lyrical melody played by the string section.

       Also Sprach Zarathustra - intro theme (Strauss-Richard) featuring French Horn

1    Also Sprach Zarathustra - intro theme

       Away in a Manger featuring French Horn

1    Main tune

       Belle of the Ball (Anderson) featuring French Horn

1    Main waltz theme

       Carillon from L'Arlesienne Suite No.1 (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    The french horn plays a sort of bell-like ground, which becomes the backdrop for the violin theme.


2    This is the main tune of the carillon, played on the violin.

       Divertimento in Bb major 'St Anthony Chorale'. 1st movement (Haydn) featuring French Horn

1    main theme

       Divertimento in Bb major 'St Anthony Chorale'. 2nd movement (Haydn) featuring French Horn

1    The 'chorale' tune (Haydn's own work).

       Divertimento in Bb major 'St Anthony Chorale'. 3rd movement (Haydn) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme, a minuet.

       Divertimento in Bb major 'St Anthony Chorale'. 4th movement (Haydn) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Farandole from L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    A fortissimo orchestral tutti starts up this enegetic theme in D minor


2    Second theme of the farandole is a fast flute dance tune accompanied by drums.

       Festival Overture 1812, Op 49. (1812 Overture) (Tchaikovsky) featuring French Horn

1    Slow opening theme on strings.


2    Exciting new theme by the brass, with a strong military flavour.


3    Quote from La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem.


4    A quiet lyrical melody soars in the strings


5    The woodwinds play a sadder minor theme.


6    The Tsarist National Anthem of Russia is quoted, in counterpoint with theme 2. (Also in Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave)

       Fidelio Overture Op 72b (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    Fidelio Overture Op 72b

       Frère Jacques featuring French Horn

1    Frère Jacques

       Hickory Dickory Dock, the Mouse Ran up the Clock featuring French Horn

1    Hickory Dickory Dock, the Mouse Ran up the Clock

       Horn Concerto No.1 in D K412 1st movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Horn Concerto No.1 in D K412 2nd movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major K417 1st movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Orchestral tutti introduction


2    Lyrical 2nd theme on strings


3    Horn entrance

       Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major K417 2nd movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme, strings first, then horn.

       Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major K417 3rd movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    A hunting-horn style of tune by the horn

       Horn Concerto No.3 in Eb K447 1st movement Allegro (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Theme 1


2    Theme 2

       Horn Concerto No.3 in Eb K447 2nd movement Romance (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Horn Concerto No.3 in Eb K447 3rd movement Allegro (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb major K495 1st movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Introductory tutti theme


2    This tune is introduced by the strings.


3    This tune marks the entrance of the solo horn.

       Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb major K495 2nd movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    Main theme

       Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb major K495 3rd movement (Mozart) featuring French Horn

1    First sprightly tune by the solo horn.


2    Second theme.

       I Could have Danced all Night - from My Fair Lady (Loewe) featuring French Horn

1    Main tune

       Men of Harlech featuring French Horn

1    Men of Harlech

       Menuet from L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    A lovely tune by the flute accompanied by the harp

       Minuetto from L'Arlesienne Suite No.1 (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    The first section of the minuet is a sprightly tune in C minor


2    the second section is a slow melody in Ab major

       On the Street where you live (Loewe) featuring French Horn

1    main theme

       Pastorale from L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    Main tune

       Pavanne for a Dead Infanta (Ravel) featuring French Horn

1    First theme

       Poet and Peasant Overture (Suppé ) featuring French Horn

1    Intro fanfare on horns


2    This tune has been copied into several 20th century popular songs.


3    the time changes to a waltzy 3/8 for this breezy tune

       Prelude or Overture to L'Arlesienne Suite No.1. (Bizet) featuring French Horn

1    The overture/prelude opens with an energetic tutti in C minor


2    It is followed by a lyrical calm tune in Ab major.

       Symphony No.3 in Eb Eroica 1st movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    First theme, introduced by the cellos.


2    Second theme, thrown from oboes to clarinets, to flutes, and to first violins.


3    Third theme, started on clarinets and taken up by the oboes.

       Symphony No.3 in Eb Eroica 2nd movement (Funeral March) (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    The solemn C minor theme of the 2nd Movt is a funeral march.


2    The 2nd theme is in Eb major, on the first violins, continuing the solemn and sombre atmosphere of this movement.

       Symphony No.3 in Eb Eroica 3rd movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    The 'minuet' part of this fast scherzo - part A


2    After the alternating notes, theme B arrives


3    The trio part of this scherzo played on the horns.

       Symphony No.3 in Eb Eroica 4th movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    First main theme, pizzicato strings, will be bass for next theme.


2    Second theme, on oboes, then picked up by first violins, in counterpoint with theme 1

       Symphony No.4 in Eb - Romantic - 1st movement (Bruckner) featuring French Horn

1    Symphony No 4 in Eb - Romantic - 1st Movt


2    Theme 2 on flutes and oboes rises in a crescendo, with a rhythmic pattern of 2 crotchets, then 3 triplet crotchets, per bar


3    Theme 3 is a lilting happy tune on the strings.

       Symphony No.4 in Eb - Romantic - 2nd movement (Bruckner) featuring French Horn

1    first theme

       Symphony No.4 in Eb - Romantic - 3rd movement (Bruckner) featuring French Horn

1    First theme, a hunting song.

       Symphony No.4 in Eb - Romantic - 4th movement (Bruckner) featuring French Horn

1    first theme

       Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op 67 1st Movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 1st Movement


2    This variation on the opening "fate motif" is played by the French Horns.


3    This is the true second theme

       Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op 67 2nd movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    First theme, a lovely melody on the violas and cellos.


2    Second theme,firstly quietly on clarinets and bassoons, then triumphantly in C major by the full orchestra.

       Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op 67 3rd movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    First theme, pianisssimo on cellos and basses.


2    Second theme, 12 repeated notes, forte, on the horns, but the harmony by the strings modulates from C minor to Eb major..


3    Third theme, (the 'trio') in C major, starts with an energetic quaver passage on cellos and basses.

       Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 4th movement (Beethoven) featuring French Horn

1    This 4th movement starts with a blazing fortissimo tutti, in C major, with powerful but simple tonic/dominant chords.


2    The 2nd theme is stated on the woodwinds with the French Horns, still in Beethoven's characteristic bold dominant-tonic fashion.


3    The 3rd theme, on strings, employs ascending triplet patterns, in the modulated key of G major.


4    the 4th theme is in the dominant key of G, played by the clarinets and bassoons.


5    The 5th theme is introduced forte on the bassoons, then taken up piano by the horns.

       Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche (Strauss-Richard) featuring French Horn

1    Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche starts with a happy, cheeky tune on the strings.


2    This is Till's leitmotif. The horn theme is a lilting melody that reaches a peak,using notes of the natural harmonics of F, then drops to the fundamental.


3    Here the clarinet theme is crafty and wheedling, so Till seems to be puting out his tongue at everyone, after his naughty prank.

       Waltzing Matilda featuring French Horn

1    Verse


2    Chorus

       With a Little Bit of Luck - from My Fair Lady (Loewe) featuring French Horn

1    first theme


2    second theme

       Wouldn't it be Loverly - from My Fair Lady (Loewe) featuring French Horn

1    Main tune

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