The horn in America from Colonial society to 1842: performers, instruments, and repertoire

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kathryn Eileen Bridwell-Briner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jack F. Masarie

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to address an aspect of the history of the horn neglected in traditional horn scholarship--that of the horn in America from the development of colonial society (ca. 1700) to the early days of the antebellum era (ca. 1840). This choice of time period avoided the massive influx of foreign musicians and exponential growth of American musical activities after 1840, as well as that of the general population, as this information would become too unwieldy for anything but studies of individual cities, regions, or specific musical groups. This time frame also paralleled the popularity of the horn virtuoso in Europe given so much attention by horn scholars. Additionally, all information gathered through examination of sources has been compiled in tables and included in the appendices with the intention of providing a point of reference for others interested in the horn in early America. This survey includes a brief introduction, review of literature, the ways in which the horn was utilized in early America, the individuals and businesses that made or sold horns and horn-related accoutrements such as music, tutors, crooks, and mouthpieces as well as an examination of the body of repertoire gleaned from performances of hornists in early America.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
America, French Horn, Horn, Music History, Natural Horn, Valve Horn
Horn (Musical instrument) $z United States $x History $y 18th century
Horn (Musical instrument) $z United States $x History $y 19th century

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