Date of Award

Fall 12-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Performing and Visual Arts

Committee Chair

Dr. Timothy Tesh

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Richard Perry

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Benjamin Mcllwain

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Dr. Joseph Jones

Committee Member 5 School



The four horn concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are fundamental standards of horn repertoire. Since the production of Dennis Brain’s early recordings in 1953, many virtuoso horn players have recorded these concerti on the modern horn. However, there are few professional recordings made on the natural horn. Though Mozart’s four horn concertos are prominent in horn study across the world, they are rarely executed with correct performance practice techniques. In my presentation, I will demonstrate passages from Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 to survey the challenges when performed on natural horn versus the modern horn. It is important to understand the stark contrast in difficulty to comprehend the virtuosic demands of these concerti. Additionally, understanding the hand-stopping technique of the natural horn brings attention to the music’s intended phrasing. Though Mozart satirized the horn within his compositions, the horn concerti were just as technically demanding as any of his other instrumental concertos.

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