The French Horn in Eighteenth Century Germany: Its Technique, Physical Development, and its Influence in the Horn Music of England

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dc.contributor.advisor Keiler, Allan
dc.contributor.author Loikith, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-24T19:37:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-24T19:37:44Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/24400
dc.description.abstract The French horn, originally an outdoors instrument, began its development into an orchestral instrument the eighteenth century. Its transfer from an outdoors instrument of French origin to a flexible and refined orchestral instrument came from the Germans in the late seventeenth century by a visit to the Parisian court by the Bohemian prince Franz Anton von Sporck in 1680. It was from that point that the music began its growth in popularity by German composers such as Johann David Heinichen, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, and many others. The instrument makers also were making significant advances in the French instrument’s design. The horn’s presence and popularity in England, however, presents the issue that will be discussed in this thesis. It was through the music of George Frederick Handel, who before his arrival in London composed in Hamburg that the influence of the German horn was brought to England. \tUsing musical examples and evidence provided by the musical instruments themselves, I will demonstrate a clear German influence in the music Handel and his contemporaries, and in the construction of the horn makers of this time period. Prior to Handel’s arrival, the horn in England was purely for aristocratic entertainment, being utilized in processions and other celebratory events. Once Handel arrives in London, the horn makes its first appearance in English orchestral music: Water Music (ca. 1717). It was from there that a high number of musical techniques seen in Germanic music are being utilized in the music of Handel and his contemporaries. By the mid eighteenth century, a number of Viennese horn makers begin to take shop in London, popularizing the Germanic style in the instruments themselves while also developing a unique horn making style for England. It is through this evidence that a direct line can be made to the music of Handel with the advancement of the horn in English music.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Stephen Loikith 2011
dc.subject J.D. Heinichen
dc.subject Horn
dc.subject J.S. Bach
dc.subject Baroque Horn
dc.subject Baroque Music
dc.subject Handel
dc.title The French Horn in Eighteenth Century Germany: Its Technique, Physical Development, and its Influence in the Horn Music of England
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Music
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Music
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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