Anyway, my kick off question - what are the best bits of horn writing in the orchestral repertoire, either to play or to listen to? Could be a solo, quartet, or just a fantastic part of horn writing in the overall texture of the music.
The thought sprang to my mind while I was listening to Malcolm Arnold's symphony number 2 on the train this morning. There is a wonderful and haunting horn solo at the end of the third movement. Other treasures include:
- The opening of Bruckner 4
- The opening of Mahler 3 (8 or 9 horns in unison and nothing else!)
- The trio second in the third movement of the Eroica
- The solo in the second movement of Tchaik 5 that sounds a bit like "Annie's Song"
I could go on, but would be most interested to read your contributions.