Horn 1/2 - Brass orchestra - Philipp Dangas

Horn 1/2 - Brass orchestra [Unison combinations]

General information about the sound combinations with the horn

The ability of the horn to blend sound with many orchestral instruments is pronounced. The horn moves in the scale of the orchestra within the middle range. This means that it can be used in various combinations.

Combinations in unison with the horn

The unisono achieves the greatest possible homogeneitybetween the horn and the clarinet or the bassoon. Clear differences can be heard between the sound of the horn and the sound of the oboe family.

The use of the horn, with a muteor stuffed, makes the tonal differences almost inaudible. However, the horn also dominates here.

The sound of the tuba lends itself well to merging with the sound of the horn. As a result, there are numerous ways of using the horn in the bass register of brass instruments.

The sound of the horn also merges quite well with the sound of the string instruments. The uniform scale of cello and horn makes them ideal combination partners.

The sound of the tenor trombone combines uniformly with the sound of the horn in its highest register. When the trumpet is added to the horn, the metallic sound of the trumpet emerges.

A gentle bel canto effect is created when the horn is combined with the trombone. But the addition of the trumpet cancels it out again. The overall character appears somewhat "sober". This applies in general to the unison of horn and trumpet.

Example of unison combination [ Trumpet - Horn ]

It becomes clear in the following example that by adding the trumpet to the horn, the trumpet sound dominates.

Downloads for the [ Unison combinations: Trumpet - Horn ]

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sound file for the score „Coriolanus - Opus 62“ 
Download-size: 209 Kilobytes
PDF file for the score „Coriolanus - Opus 62“ 
Download–size: 56.3 Kilobytes

Note on the score with an example of the [unison combinations]

A graphic with an extract from the score follows. Excerpt from "Coriolanus - Opus 62". Composition by Ludwig van Beethoven. An example on the [unison combinations] of the trumpet and the horn. The graphic can also be enlarged. It is Link-Sensitive [Clickable].

2/2.Example of the chord combinations with the horn