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 Bachs 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!
"....Corvalues is a collection of 39 horn studies compiled and edited by John Humphries. It is a useful resource for a number of reasons: partly because it covers all of the necessary irritations that make horn playing hard, but also because it acts as an introduction to some of the less well-known etude composers, which could lead to further exploration.
In his forward, John explains that he has featured works from the standard repertoire by composers such as Kopprasch and Maxime-Alphonse but also wanted to branch out further and has also included works by composers that have not appeared in print for over a hundred years....As a consequence, it was really nice to be introduced to works which have lain dormant for so long. I most definitely had not come across the works of Cacciamani, Garique, Haumuller, Jacqmin or newer studies by Humphries himself....
John has aimed these works at the intermediate/advanced player, and I have enjoyed working my chops back up for the coming season with them. A lovely collection which I highly recommend...."
Reviewed, The Horn Player
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.
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.