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    John Humphries

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    Instrument: horn in F
    Grade: mediumdifficult
    Catalogue No: 3138
    ISMN No: 9790570661015

    This selection of studies is intended for horn players at intermediate to more advanced levels and each has been chosen for its usefulness in providing material which will benefit performers in a wide range of areas both technical and musical.
    Some, such as those by Kopprasch and Maxime-Alphonse, are well known and have a proven track record, while others have been hidden away and are making an appearance in print for the first time in over a hundred years. All have been edited for modern use. In particular the studies based on Bach’s Cello Suites have been completely revised in line with surviving 18th Century manuscripts.
    Each is provided with a helpful description of the challenges to be encountered and suggestions for mastering them. Short composer biographies place them all in their historical and musical context.
    While their fundamental purpose is to help aspiring horn players to improve, a criterion for inclusion was that they should all be good music: nothing dully repetitive has been allowed, so enjoy playing them and become a better horn player at the same time!

    John Humphries
    John Humphries was born in Sheffield, and read Music at Oxford University. Subsequently he attended London's Guildhall School of Music, where he studied the natural horn with Anthony Halstead. His editions of horn music have been performed by many of the world's leading horn players, including Barry Tuckwell, Michael Thompson, Eric Ruske, Anthony Halstead, Stephen Stirling, Frank Lloyd, Javier Bonet and Raul Diaz and his reconstructions of Mozart's incomplete horn concerto movements have been praised for their "polish, authenticity, good scholarship and talent".

    He is also well known as an arranger. One of his arrangements appears on the legendary London Horn Sound CD while others have been played worldwide by "The Wallace Collection". His arrangements for young players appear on all the main examination syllabuses in the UK.

    As a writer, he has contributed booklet notes for many CDs and programme notes for hundreds of concerts. He has contributed articles and reviews for "The Horn Call", "The Horn Magazine" and "Brass Bulletin". His book, "The Early Horn", was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000 and has been described as "a superb book" "packed with usefulness" "Rarely can anything have been written on the early history of the horn that is quite as accessible and flowing." John is also a teacher and an examiner. He lives in Surrey, England with his wife, son and daughter and his hobbies include collecting brass instruments and repairing them.

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