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HORN (Lat. cornu; corresponding terms being Fr. cor, trompe; Ger. Horn; Ital. corno), a class of wind instruments primarily derived from natural animal horns (see above), and having the common characteristics of a conical bore and the absence of lateral holes. The word " horn " when used by modern English musicians always refers to the French horn. Modern horns may be divided into three classes: (1) the short horns with wide bore, such as the bugles (q.v.) and the post-horn. (2) The saxhorns (q.v.), a family of hybrid instruments designed by Adolphe Sax, and resulting from the adaptation of valves and of a cup-shaped mouthpiece to instruments of the calibre of the bugle. The Flugelhorn family is the German equivalent of the saxhorns. The natural scale of instruments of this class comprises the harmonic from the second to the eighth only. (3) The French horn (Fr. cor de chasse or trompe de chasse, cor a pistons; Ger. Waldhorn, Ventilhorn; Ital. corno or corns di caccia), one of the most valuable and difficult wind instruments of the orchestra, having a very slender conical tube wound round in coils upon itself. It consists of four principal parts—the body, the crooks, the slide and the mouthpiece. object: (1) pitch; (2) range or scale of available notes; (3) quality of tone or timbre; (4) dynamic variation, or Acoustics. crescendo and diminuendo. The pitch of the horn, as of other wind instruments, depends almost exclusively on the length of the air-column set in vibration, and remains practically uninfluenced by the diameter of the bore. In the case of conical tubes in which the difference in diameter at the two extremities, mouthpiece and bell, is very great, as in the horn, the pitch of the tube will be slightly higher than its theoretical length would warrant.' When, for instance, three tube,* of the same length are sounded—No. i, conical diverging; No. 2, 1 See Michael Praetorius, De organographia (Wolfenbuttel, 1618), tab, viii., where crooks for lowering the key by one tone on trumpet and trombone are pictured. 2 See Victor Mahillon, Les Elements d'acoustique musicale et instrumentale (Brussels, 1874), pp. 96, 97, &C.; Friedrich Zamminer, Die Musik and die musikalischen Instrumente (Giessen, 1855), p. 310, where diagrams of the mouthpieces are given. 3 See Joseph Frohlich, Vollstandige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (Bonn, 1811), ill. 7, where diagrams of the two mouth-pieces for first and second horn are given. 4 See Gottfried Weber, " Zur Akustik der Blasinstrumente," in Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (Leipzig, 1816), p. 38. conical converging in the direction from mouthpiece to bell; No. 3, cylindrical—No. 1 gives a fundamental tone somewhat higher, No. 2 somewhat lower, than No. 3. Victor Mahillon' adds that the rate of vibration in such conical tubes as the horn is slightly less than the rate of vibration in ambient air; therefore, as the rate of vibration (i.e. the number of vibrations per second) varies in the inverse ratio with the length of the tube, it follows that the practical length of the horn is slightly less than the theoretical, the difference for the horn in By normal pitch amounting to 13.9 cm. (approximately J2 in.). The tube of the horn behaves as an open pipe. E. F. F. Chladni2 states that the mouthpiece end is to be considered as open in all wind instruments (excepting reed instruments), even when, as in horns and trumpets, it would seem to be closed by the lips. Victor Mahillon, although apparently holding the opposite view, and considering as closed the tubes of all wind instruments played by means of reeds, whether single or double, or by the lips acting as reeds, gives a new and practical explanation of the phenomenon.' The result is the same in both cases, for the closed pipe of trunco-conical bore, whose diameter at the bell is at least four times greater than the diameter at the mouthpiece, behaves in the same manner, when set in vibration by a reed, as an open pipe, and gives the consecutive scale of harmonics.' In order to produce sound from the horn, the performer, stretching his lips across the funnel-shaped mouthpiece from rim to rim, blows into the cavity. The lips, vibrating as the breath passes through the aperture between them, communicate pulsations or series of intermittent shocks to the thin stream of air, known as the exciting current, which, issuing from them, strikes the column of air in the tube, already in a state of stationary vibration.' The effect of this series of shocks, without which there can be no sound, upon the column of air confined within the walls of the tube is to produce sound-waves, travelling longitudinally through the tube. Each sound-wave consists of two half-lengths, one in which the air has been compressed or condensed by the impulse or push, the second in which, the push being spent, the air again dilates or becomes rarefied. In an open pipe, the wave-length is theoretically equal to the length of the tube. The pitch of the note depends on the frequency per second with which each vibration or complete sound-wave reaches the drum of the ear. The longer the wave the lower the frequency. The velocity of the wave is independent of its length, being solely conditioned by the rate of vibration of the particles composing the conveying medium: while one individual particle performs one complete vibration, the wave advances one wave-length.' The rate of particle vibration or frequency is therefore inversely proportional to the corresponding wave-length? Sound-waves generated by the same exciting current travel with the same velocity whatever their length, the difference being the frequency number and therefore the pitch of the note. As long as the per-former blows with normal force, the same length of tube produces the same wave-length and therefore the same frequency and pitch. By " blowing with normal force " is understood the proper relative proportions to be maintained between the wind-pressure and the lip-tension—a ratio which is found instinctively by the performer but was only suspected by the older writers.' If the shocks or vibrations initiated by the lips through the medium of the exciting current be sharper owing to the increased tension of the lips, and at the same time succeed each other with greater velocity, the wave-length breaks up, and two, three or more proportionally shorter ' Les Instruments de musique au musee du Conservatoire royal de musique de Bruxelles, " Instruments a vent," ii.," Le Cor, son histoire, sa theorie, sa construction " (Brussels and London, 1907), p. 28. 2 Die Akustik (Leipzig, 1802), p. 86, § 72. Op. cit. p. 13, § 20, and p. 15, §§ 24 and 25. This apparent discrepancy between an early and a modern authority on the acoustics of wind instruments is easily explained. Chladni, when speaking of open and closed pipes, refers to the standard cylindrical and rectangular organ-pipes. Mahillon, on the other hand, draws a distinction in favour of the conical pipe, demonstrating in a practical manner how, given a certain calibre, the conical pipe must overblow the harmonics of the open pipe, whatever the method of producing the sound. ' See Gottfried Weber, loc. cit. ' See Ernst Heinrich and Wilhelm Weber, Wellenlehre (Leipzig; 1825), p. 519, § 281, and A Text-Book of Physics, part. ii., " Sound,' by J. H. Poynting and J. J. Thomson (London, 1906), pp. 1o4 and 105. ' See Sedley Taylor, Sound and Music (1896), p. 21. 2 Id. pp. 23-25. ' See Gottfried \Veber, op. cit., pp. 39-41, and Ernst 11. and Wilhelm Weber, op. cit. p. 522, end of § 285.complete waves form instead of one, and traverse the pipe within the same space of time, producing sounds proportionally higher by an octave, a twelfth, &c., according to the character of the initiatory disturbance. We may therefore add this proposition: the rate of vibration of atube varies as the number of segments into which the vibrating column of air within it is divided. In order to obtain the fundamental, the performer's lips must be loose and the 'wind-pressure gentle but steady, so that the exciting current may issue forth in a broad, slow stream. To set in vibration a column of air some i6 or 17 ft. long is a,feat of extreme difficulty; that is why it is quite exceptional to find a horn-player who can sound the fundamental on the low C or BY basso horns. In the organ, where even a 32 ft. tone is obtained, the wind-pressure and the lip-opening con-trolling the exciting current are mechanically regulated for each length of pipe—only one note being required from each. In order, therefore, to induce the column of air within the tube to break up and vibrate in aliquot parts, the exciting current must be compressed into an ever finer, tenser and more incisive stream. There is in fact a certain minimum pressure for each degree of tension of the lips below which no harmonic can be produced. It is often stated that the harmonics are obtained by increasing the tension of the lips and a crescendo by increasing the pressure of the breath.' Victor Mahillon10 accounts for the harmonics by increased wind-pressure only. It is evident that the greater the tension of the lips, the greater the force of wind required to set them vibrating; therefore the force and velocity of the air must vary with the tension of the lips in order to produce a steady or musical sound. D. J. Blaikley considers that the ratio of increase in lips and breath follows that of the harmonic series. The tension of the lips has the effect of reducing the width of the slit or aperture between them and the width of the exciting current. While increasing its density the energy of the wind must, therefore, either expend itself in increasing the rate of vibration, or frequency of the pulses, which influences the pitch of the note; or else in increasing the extent of excursion or amplitude of the vibrations, which influences the dynamic force of the sound or loudness.11 If the aperture be narrowed without providing a proportional increase of wind-pressure, the harmonic over-tone may be heard, but either the intonation will suffer or the in-tensity of the tone will be reduced, because the force required to set the tenser membrane in vibration is insufficient to give the vibrations the requisite amplitude as well as the frequency. If the force expended be excessive, i.e. more than the maximum required to ensure the increased frequency proportional to the increased tension, the superfluous energy must expend itself in increasing the amplitude of the vibrations so that a note of a greater degree of loudness as well as of higher pitch will be produced. The converse is equally true; the lower the pitch of the note the slower the pulses or vibrations and therefore the looser the lip and the gentler the force of current required to set them vibrating. To draw a parallel from organ-pipes: as long as even wind-pressure is maintained, the mouthpiece being fixed proportional to the length of tube, the pipe gives out one note of unvarying dynamic intensity; increase the pressure of the wind and harmonics are heard, but it is impossible to obtain a crescendo unless the mouthpiece be dispensed with and a free reed (q.v.) adapted. Reference has already been made above to the difficulty of obtaining the fundamental on tubes of great length and narrow bore like the horn. The useful compass of the horn, therefore, begins with the note that an open pipe half its length would give; the Germans term instruments of such small calibre half instruments, and those of wide calibre, such as bugles and tubas, whole instruments,12 since in them the whole of the length of the tube is available in practice. The harmonic series of the horn, or the open notes obtainable without using valves or crooks, is written as for the alto horn in C of 8 ft. tone, which forms the standard of notation. Notes written in the bass clef are generally, for some unexplained reason, placed an octave lower than the real sounds. Written and sounded. Written. Sounded. -_ 4 5 6 7 S 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 ' See A. Ganot, Elementary Treatise on Physics, translated 6'y E. Atkinson (16th ed., London, 1902), p. 266, § 282, " In the horn different notes are produced by altering the distance of the lips." Such a vague and misleading statement is worse than useless. See also Poynting and Thomson, op. cit. p. 113. " Le Cor," p. 22; p. 11, § 18; pp. 6 and 7, § 8. " The phraseology alone is here borrowed from Sedley Taylor, (op. cit. p. 55), who does not enter into the practical application of the theory he expounds so clearly. 12 See Dr Emil Schafhautl's article on musical instrument', § iv. of Bericht der Beurtheilungs Commission-bei der Allg. Deutschen Industrie Ausstellung, 1854 (Munich, 1855), pp. 169-17o; also F. Zammuher,lcp. cit. All the crooks, a list of the principal of which is appended, therefore French horns are made with either two or three valves. To the necessarily give real sounds lower than the above series according to first valve is attached sufficient length of tubing to lower the pitch their individual length. of the instrument a tone, so that any note played upon the horn in F Table of Principal Crooks now in Use.' Key of Actual Sounds of Range of Useful Harmonics. Length of Transposes to Crook. Crook in Inches. Bb alto 2nd to loth 16 major 2nd lower __~ _ 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 io Aq - 2nd to loth 22 s —= aL = minor 3rd 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A5 -- . --_t— 2nd to loth 29e major 3rd „ 3= = _= 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Io G 0--°=-- 2nd to 12th 361 perfect ,4th 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 F 2nd to 16th 52; perfect 5th -- 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10II 12 13 14 15 16 -- znd to 16th 61 minor 6th • 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 Eb _ — 2nd to 16th 701 major 6th ,; „ 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 16 ll_ y 0_ — 2nd to 16th $o minor 7th -at 2 5 6 12 13 14 3 4 7 8 9 10 II 15 16 C basso 1~-_ _~ . ~ 3rd to 16th 10I Else' 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 15 i6 Bb basso -~,t' — 3rd to 16th 125 major 9th f _ _ I 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 The practical aggregate compass of the natural horns from Bb basso at the service of composers therefore ranges (actual sounds) s from fz~ By means of hand-stopping, i.e. the practice of thrusting the hand into the bell in order to lower the sound by a tone or a semitone, or I,y the adaptation of valves to the horn, this compass may be rendered chromatic almost throughout the range. The principle of the valve as applied to wind instruments differs entirely from that of keys. The latter necessitate lateral holes bored through the tube, and when the keys are raised the vibrating column of air within the tube and the ambient air without are set in communication, with the result that the vibrating column is shortened and the pitch of the note raised. The valve system consists of valves or pistons attached to additional lengths of tubing, the effect of which is invariably to lower the pitch, except in the case of valve systems specified as " ascending " tried by John Shaw and Adolphe Sax. Insuperable practical difficulties led to the abandonment of these systems, which in any case were the exception and not the rule. The valves, placed upon the U-shaped slides in the centre of the horn, are worked by means of pistons or levers, opening or closing the wind-ways at will, so that when they are in operation the vibrating column of air no longer takes its normal course along the main tube and directly through the slides, but makes a detour through the extra length of tubing before completing its course. Thus the valves, unlike the keys, do not open any communication with the ambient air. Even authoritative writers 2 have confused the two principles, believing them to be one and the same. The measurements are for the high philharmonic pitch a 452'4. V. Mahillon, " Le cor " (p. 32), gives a table of the lengths of crooks in metres. 2 Robert Eitner, editor of the Monatshefte fur Musikwissenschaft, published therein an article in 1881, p. 41 seq., " Wer hat die Ventil-while the first valve is depressed takes effect a tone lower, or as though the horn were in Eb. The second valve opens a passage into a shorter length of tubing sufficient to lower the pitch of the instrument a semitone, as though the instrument were for the time being in E. The third valve similarly lowers the pitch a tone and a half. It will thus be seen that the principle applied in the crook and the valve is in the main the same, but the practical value of the valve is immeasurably superior. Thanks to the valve system the performer is able to have the extra lengths of tubing necessary to give the horn a chromatic compass permanently incorporated with the instrument, and at will to connect one or a combination of these lengths with the main tube of the instrument during any interval of time, however short. The three devices, crooks, valves and slides, are in fact all based upon the same principle, that of providing additional length of tubing in order to deepen the pitch of the whole instrument at will and to transpose it into a different key. Valves and slides, being instantaneous in operation, give to the instrument a chromatic compass, whereas crooks merely enable the performer to play in many keys upon one instrument instead of requiring a different instrument for each key. The slide is the oldest of these devices, and probably suggested the crook as a substitute on instruments of conical bore such as the horn. The invention of the valve, although a substantial improvement, trompete erfunden,” in which, after referring to the Klappenwaldhorn and Trompete (keyed horn and trumpet) made by Weidinger and played in public in 18o2 and 1813 respectively, he goes on to state that Schilling in his Lexicon makes the comical mistake of looking upon the Klappentrompete (keyed trumpet) and Ventiltrompete ((valve trumpet) as different instruments. He accordingly sets matters right, as he thinks, by according to Weidinger the honour of the invention of valves, hitherto wrongfully attributed to Stolzel; and in the Quellenlexikon (1904) he leaves out Stelzel's name, and names Weidinger as the inventor of the Klappen or Ventil, referring readers for further particulars to his article, just quoted, in the Monatshefte. — or with 3 valves ._-_to= -- from was found to fall short of perfection in its operation on the tubes of wind instruments so soon as the possibility of using the.three valves in combination to produce six different positions or series of harmonics was realized, and for the following reason. In order to deepen the pitch one tone by means of valve 1, a length of tubing exactly proportional to the length of the main tube must be thrown into communication with the latter. If, in addition to valve 1, valve 3 be depressed, a further drop in pitch of 11 tone should be effected; but as the length of tubing added by depressing valve 3 is calculated in proportion to the main tube, and the latter has already been lengthened by depressing valve 1, therefore the additional length supplied by opening valve 3 is now too short to produce a drop of a minor third strictly in tune, and all notes played while valves i and 3 are depressed will be too sharp. Means of compensating slight errors in intonation are provided in the U-shaped slides mentioned above. The timbre of the natural horn is mellow, sonorous and rich in harmonics; it is quite distinctive and bears but little resemblance to that of the other members of the brass wind. Ii listening to its sustained notes one receives the impression of the tone being breathed out as by a voice, whereas the trumpet and trombone produce the effect of a rapid series of concussions, and in the tuba and cornet the concussions, although still striking, are softened as by padding. The timbre of the hand-stopped notes is veiled and suggestive of mystery; so characteristic is the timbre that passages in the Rhein-gold heard when the magic power of the Tarnhelm reveals itself sound meaningless if the weird chords are played by means of the valves instead of by hand-stopping. The timbre of the piston notes is more resonant than that of the open no-as, partaking a little of the character of the trombone, which is probably due to the fact that the strictly conical bore of the natural horn has been replaced by a mixed cylindrical and conical as ii. trumpet and trombone. The form of the mouthpiece (q.v.) at the point where it joins the main bore of the tube must also exercise a certain influence on the form of vibration, which it helps to modify in conjunction with the conformation of each individual horn-player's lip. In the horn the cup of the mouthpiece is shaped like a funnel, the bore converging insensibly into the narrow end of the main conical bore without break or sharp edges as in the mouthpieces, more properly known as cup-shaped, of trumpet and bombardon. The brilliant sonorousness and roundness of the timbre of the horn are due to the strength and predominance of the partial tones up to the 7th or 8th. The prevalence of the higher harmonics from the loth to the 16th, in which the partial tones lie very close together, determines the harsh quality of the trumpet timbre, which may be easily imitated on the horn by forcing the sound production and using a trumpet mouthpiece, and by raising the bell, an effect which is indicated by composers by the words " Raise the Bells."' The origin of the horn must be sought in remote prehistoric times, when, by breaking off the tip of a short animal horn, one or at best two notes, powerful, rough, unsteady, only History. barely approximating to definite musical sounds, were obtained. This was undoubtedly the archetype of the modern families of brass wind instruments, and from it evolved the trumpet, the bugle and the tuba no less than the horn. The common characteristics which link together these widely different modern families of instruments are: (1) the more or less pronounced conical bore, and (2) the property possessed in a greater or lesser degree of producing the natural sounds by what has been termed overblowing the harmonic overtones. If we follow the evolution of the animal horn throughout the centuries, the ultimate development leads us not to the French horn but to the bugle and tuba. Before civilization had dawned in classic Greece, Egypt, Assyria and the Semitic races were using wind instruments of wood and metal which had left the primitive ram or bugle horn far behind. Even in northern Europe, during the Bronze age (c. moo B.c.), prehistoric man had evolved for himself the prototype of the Roman cornu, a bronze horn of wide conical bore, bent in the shape of a G. One of these instruments, known among the modern Scandinavian races as luurs or lurs, found in the peat beds of Denmark and now preserved in the Museum of Northern Antiquities in Copenhagen, has a length of 1.91 M. (about 6 ft. 4 in.). The U-shaped mouthpiece joint is neatly joined to the remainder of the crescent-tube by means of a bronze ring; the bell, which must have rested on the shoulder, consists merely of a flat rim set round the end of the tube. There is therefore no graceful curve in the bell as in the French horn. An exact facsimile of this prehistoric horn has been made by Victor Mahillon of Brussels, who finds that it was in the key of Eb and easily produces the first eight harmonics of that key. It stands, therefore, 1 See Hector Berlioz, A Treatise on Modern Instrumentation and Orchestration, translated by Mary Cowden Clarke, new edition revised by Joseph Bennett (185'2), p. octave higher than the modern horn in Eb (which measures some 13 ft.), but on the lur the fundamental Eb can be reached owing to the wider calibre of the bore.' Among the Romans the wind instruments derived from the horn were well represented, and included well-developed types which do not differ materially from the natural instruments of modern times. The buccina developed directly into the trumpet and trombone during the middle ages, losing no characteristic of importance but the bent form, which was perforce abandoned when the art of bending hollow tubes was lost after the fall of the Roman Empire. The name clung through all the changes in form and locality to the one type, and still remains at the present day in the German Posaune (trombone). There were four instruments known by the name of cornu among the Romans: (I) the short animal horn used by shepherds; (2) the longer, semicircular horn, used for signals; and (3) the still longer cornu, bent and carried like the buccina, which had the wide bore of the modern tuba. But whereas on the buccina the higher harmonics were easily obtained, on the cornu the natural scale consisted of the first eight harmonics only. The cornu, although shorter than the buccina, had a deeper pitch and more sonorous tone, for, owing to the wider calibre of the bore, the fundamental was easily reached. In the reliefs on Trajan's Column, where the two instruments may be compared, the wider curve of the buccina forms a ready means of identification. In addition to these was (4) the small instrument like the medieval hunting-horn or post-horn, with the single spiral turn similar to one which figures as service badge in many British infantry regiments,' such as the first battalion of the King's Own Light Infantry. A terra-cotta model, slightly broken, but with the spiral intact, was excavated at Ventoux in France and is at present preserved in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum, having been acquired from the collection of M. Morel. The lituus, or cavalry trumpet of the Romans, consisted of a cylindrical tube, to which was attached a bent horn or conical bell, the whole in the shape of a J. The long, straight Roman tuba was similar to the large, bent cornu so far as bore and capabilities were concerned, but more unwieldy. All these wind instruments seem to have been used during the classic Greek and Roman periods merely to sound fanfares, and therefore, in spite of the high degree of perfection to which they attained as instruments, they scarcely possess any claim to be considered within the domain of music. They were signalling instruments, mainly used in war, in hunting and in state or civic ceremonial. Vegetius (A.D. 386) describes these instruments, and gives detailed instructions for the special traditional uses of tuba, buccina and cornu in the military camp: " Semivocalia sunt, quae per tubam, aut cornua, aut buccinam dantur. Tuba quae directa est appellatur buccina, quae in semet ipsam aereo circulo flectitur. Cornu quod ex uris agrestibus, argento nexum, temperatum arte, et spiritu, quem canentis flatus emiftit auditur.4 It will be seen that Vegetius demands a skilled horn-player. These service instruments may all be identified in the celebrated bas-reliefs of Trajan's Column' (fig. 1) and of the Triumphal arch of Augustus at Susa.6 Interesting evidence of a collegium cornicinum (gild of horn-players) is furnished by an altar stone in the Roman catacombs, erected to the memory of one " M. Julius victor ex Collegio Liticinum Cornicinum," on which are carved a lituus, a cornu and a pan's pipe, the cornu being similar to those on Trajan's Column. All three Roman instruments, the tuba, the buccina and the cornu, had well-formed mouthpieces, differing but little from the modern cup-shaped form in use on the trumpet,. the trombone, the tubas, &c.7 It would seem that even the short horn in the 4th 2 See Victor Mahillon, Catal. descriptif des instruments de musique, &c., vol. ii. p. 388, No. 1156, where an illustration is given. See also Dr August Hammerich (French translation by E. Beauvais), " tJber altnordische Luren " in Vierteljahrschrift fur Musik-Wissenschaft X. (1894). 'See Major J. H. L. Archer, The British Army Records (London, 1888), pp. 402, &C. 4 De re militari, iii. 5 (Basel, 1532). The successive editions and translations of this classic, both manuscript and printed, throughout the middle ages afford useful evidence of the evolution of these three wind instruments. ' See Wilhelm Froehner, La Colonne Trajane d'aprks le surmoulage execute a Rome en 1861–1862 (Paris, 1872–1874). On-pl. 51 is a cornu framing the head of a cornicen or horn-player. See also the fine plates in Conrad Cichorius, Die Reliefs der Traiansaule (Berlin, 1896, &c.). c Ermanno Ferrero, L'Arc d'Auguste a Suse (Segusio, 9-8 B.c.) (Turin, 1901). 7 See the mouthpiece on the Pompeian buccinas preserved in the museum at Naples, reproduced in the article BUCCINA. The museums of the conservatoires of Paris and Brussels and the Collection Kraus in Florence possess facsimiles of these instruments; see Victor Mahillon, Catalogue, vol. ii. p. 3o. Cf. also the pair of bronze Etruscan cornua, No. 2734 in the department of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum, which possess well-preserved cup-shaped mouthpieces. century was provided with a mouthpiece,' judging from a carved specimen on an ivory capsa or Pyxis dating from the period immediately preceding the fall of the Roman Empire, preserved among the precious relics at Xanten. After the fall of the Roman Empire, when instrumental music had fallen into disrepute a r.c had been placed under a ban by the church, the art of playing upon such highly-developed instruments gradually died out in western Europe. With the disappearance of thecivilization and culture of the Romans, the skilled crafts also gradually vanished, and the art of making metal pipes of delicate calibre and of bending them was completely forgotten, and had to be reacquired step by step during the middle ages from the more enlightened East. The names of the instruments and representations of them survived in MSS. and monuments of art, and as long as the West was content to turn to late Roman and Romano-Christian art for its models, no difficulties were created for the future archaeologist. By the time the Western races had begun to express themselves and to develop their own characteristics, in the I ith century, the arts of Persia, Arabia and the Byzantine Empire had laid their mark upon the West, and confusion of models, and more especially of names, ensued. The greatest confusion of all was created by the numerous translations and glosses of the Bible and by the attempts of miniaturists to illustrate the principal scenes. In Revelation, for instance (ch. viii.), the seven angels with their trumpets are diversely represented with long tubas, with curved horns of various lengths, and with the buisine, busaun or posaune, the descendant of the buccina. We know from the colouring used in illuminated MSS., gold and pale blue, that horns were made of metal early in the middle ages. The metal was not cast in moulds but hammered into shape. Viollet-le-Duc'- reproduces a miniature from a MS, of the end of the 13th century (Paris, Bibliotheque du corps legislatif), in which two metal-workers are shown hammering two large horns. The early medieval horns had no mouthpieces, the narrow end being merely finished with a rim on which the lips rested. The tone suffered in conse- quence, being un- certain, rough and tremulous, where fore it was indic- ated by the neume known as quilisma " Est vox tremula; sicut est sonus flatus tubae vel cornu et designatur per neumam, quae vocatur quilisma."' During the middle ages the bugle-horn or bull's horn was exten- Tablature in use in the 14th Century. signal instrument on land and sea (see BUGLE), by the night-watchmen in cities, in the watch tower of the feudal castle and by foresters and ' See Bock, " Gebrauch der Horner im Mittelalter," in Gustav Heider's Mittelalterliche Kunstdenkmdler Osterreichs (Stuttgart, 1858-1860). 2 Dictionnaire raisonne du mobilier francais (Paris, 1889), ii. p. 246. ' Engelbertus Admontensis in De Musica Scriptores, by Martin Gerbert, Bd. ii. lib. ii. cap. 29; and Edward Buhle, Die Musika- lischen Instrumente in den Miniaturen des friihen Mittelalters, pt. i., " Die Blasinstrumente " (Leipzig, 1903), p. 16.huntsmen. The hunting-horn was generally represented as small in the hunting scenes which abound in illuminated MSS. and early printed books; it was crescent-shaped and was worn slung by a leather strap over one shoulder and resting on the opposite hip. When played it was held with the wide end curving upwards in front of the huntsman's head. A kind of tablature for the horn was in use in France in the 14th century; an example of it is here reproduced (fig 2) from a 14th-century French MS. treatise on venery.4 Only one note is indicated, the various calls and signals being based chiefly on rhythm, and the notes being left to the taste and skill of the huntsman. The interpretation 6 of the Cornure de chasse de veue seen in the figure is as follows: First line= r 1111111 Second line= i a .. r i i n far; i. Third line= w In the first poem is given a list of these signs with the names by which they were known in venery. In the 16th century in England the hunting-horn sometimes had a spiral turn in the centre, half-way between mouthpiece and bell end; the extra length was apparently added solely in order to lower the pitch, the higher harmonics not being used for the hunting calls. In George Turbevile's Noble Arte of Venerie (1576, facsimile reprint, Oxford, 1908) the " measures of blowing according to the order which is observed at these dayes in this Realme of Englande " are given for the horn in D. One of these, given in fig. 3, is the English 16th-century hunting call, corresponding to the 14th-century French Cornure de chasse de veue given above. alien* Mae both hake daunt, WM) tart Mate, From Turbevile's Noble Ark of Venerie (1576), by permission of the Clarendon Press. FIG. 3.-Hunting Call. The hunting-horn, whether in its simplest form or with the one spiral, was held with the bell upwards on a level with the hunts-man's head or just above it., A horn of the same fine calibre as the French horn, 3 or 4 ft. in length, slightly bent to take the curve of the body, was in use in Italy, it would seem, in the 15th century? It was held slanting , across the body with the bell already slightly parabolic, at arm's length to the left side. The hunting- and post-horns were favourite emblems on medieval coats of arms, more especially in Germany 8 and Bohemia. It is necessary at this point to draw attention to the fact that the French horn is a hybrid having affinities with both trumpet and primitive animal horn, or with buccina and cornu, and that both types, although frequently misnamed and confused by medieval writers and miniaturists,subsisted side by side,evolving independently until they merged in the so-called French horn. Both buccina and cornu after the fall of the Roman Empire, while Western arts and ' Le Tresor de vnerie par Hardouin, seigneur de Fontaines-Guerin (edited by H. Michelant, Metz, 1856); the first part was edited by Jerome Pichon (Paris, 1855), with an historical introduction by Bottee de Toulmon. 6 As worked out by Edward Buhle, op. cit., p. 23. 6 See Turbevile, op. cit., also J. du Fouilloux, La Venerie (Paris, 1628), p. 70; cf. also editions o 165o and of 1562, where the horn is called trompe, used with the verb corner; Juliana Bernes, Boke of St Albans (1496), the frontispiece of which is a hunting scene showing a horn of very wide bore, without bell. Only half the instrument is visible. 7 See " Reliure italienne du xve siecle en argent nielle. Collection du Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, Vienne," in Gazette archeologiaue (Paris, i88o), xiii. p. 295, pl. 38, where other instruments are also represented. 8 See Jost Amman, Wappen and Stammbuch (1589). A reprint in facsimile has been published by Georg Hirth as vol. iii. of Liebhaber Bibliothek (Munich, 1881). See arms of Sultzberger aus Tirol (p. 52), " Ein Jagerhornlin," and of the Herzog von Wirtenberg; cf. the latter with the arms of Wurthemberch in pl. xxii. vol. ii. of Gelre's Wappenboek ou armorial de 1334 a 1372 (miniatures of coats of arms in facsimile), edited by Victor Bouton (Paris, 1883). '!~I~iEi +~.'Jll1r,i leien,~~ i .~lrA~%AilnidV~s n1AXi'w weir A,,.0 From Conrad Cichorius, Die Reliefs der Traiansdute, by permission of Georg Reimer. INiii/riaa Illdl MEIN II111iiiwiii%rL IM _1lIlzII 1'Iz11LTALll zu:zz. zxz r=.Y ff!^/1li11^1/111/%fl/YY1f! : 11111 ^ ~111~ZZZZIrlr r >.r r:rr=y~ ^o2 crafts were in their infancy, were made straight, being then known as the busine or straight trumpet (busaun or posaun in Germany), and the long horn, Herhorn, slightly curved.' From two medieval representations of instruments like the Roman cornu one might be led to conclude that the instrument had been revived and was in use from the 14th century. A wooden has-relief on the under part of the seats of the choir of Worcester cathedral,' said to date from the 14th century, shows a musician in a robe with long sleeves of fur playing the horn (fig. 4). The tube winds from the mouth in a circle reaching to his waist, passes under the right arm across the shoulders with the bell stretch- ing out horizontally over his left shoulder. The tube, of strictly conical bore, is made in three pieces, the joints being strength- ened by means of Circular Horn. Circular Horn, 1589. example is German, and figures in the arms of the city of Frankfort-on-Main.' Here in the two opposite corners are two cherubs playing immense cornua. The bore of the instruments (fig. 5) is of a calibre suggestive of the contrabass tuba; the circle formed is of a diameter sufficiently large to accommodate the youthful performer in a sitting posture; the bell is the fore-runner of that of the modern saxophone, shaped like a gloxinea; the mouthpiece is cup-shaped. It is possible, of course, that these two examples are attempts to reproduce the classic instrument, but the figures of the musicians and the feeling of the whole scheme of ornamentation seem to render such an explanation improbable. Moreover, Sebastian Virdung,4 writing on musical instruments at the beginning of the 16th century, gives a drawing of a cornu coiled round tightly, the tubing being probably soldered together at certain points. Virdung calls this instrument a Jegerhorn, and the short hunting-horn Acherhorn (Ackerhorn—the synonym of the modern Waldhorn). The scale of the former could have consisted only of the first eight harmonics, including the fundamental, which would be easily obtained on an instrument of such a large calibre. Mersenne,b a century and a quarter later, gives a drawing of the same kind of horn among his cons de chasse, but does not in his description display his customary intimate knowledge of his subject; it may be that he was dealing at second-hand with an instrument of which he had had little practical experience. Praetorius 8 gives as Jagerhorn only the simple forms of crescent-shaped horns with a single spiral; the spirally-wound horn of Virdung is replaced by a new instrument—the Jdgertrummet (hunts-man's trumpet)—of the same form, but less cumbersome, of cylindrical bore excepting at the bell end and having a crook inserted between the mouthpiece and the main coils. The tube, which could . not have been less than 8 ft. long, 'produced the harmonic series of the cavalry trumpet from the 3rd to the 12th. The restrictions placed upon the use of the cavalry trumpet would have rendered it unavailable for use in the hunting-field, but the snake-shaped model, as Praetorius describes it, was a decided improvement on the horn, although inferior in resonance to the cavalry model. Here then are the materials for the fusion of the trumpet and hunting-horn into the natural or hand-horn of the 17th and 18th centuries. There is evidence, however, that a century earlier, i.e. at the end of the 15th century, the art of bending a brass tube of the delicate proportions of the French horn, which is still a test of fine work-. inanship, had been successfully practised. In an illustrated edition of Virgil's works published in Strassburg in 1502 and emanating from Gruninger's office, Brant being responsible for the illustrations, the lines (A en. viii. 1-2) Ut belli signum Laurenti Turnus ab arce Extulit: et rauco strepuerunt cornua cantu " are illustrated by two soldiers, one with the sackbut (posaune, the descendant of the buccina), the other with a horn wound spirally round his body in three coils, which appear to have a conical bore from the funnel-shaped mouthpiece to the bell which extends at the back of the head i For illustrations see autotype facsimile of Utrecht Psalter, 9th century ; British Museum, Add. MS. 10,546, Ps. 150, 9th century; Add. MS. 24, 199, loth century ; Eadwine Psalter, Trin. Coll. Camb., 1 I th century, and Cotton MS., Nero, D.IV., 8th century ; also Edward Buhle, op. cit., pl. ii. and pp. 12-24. See John Carter, Specimens of Ancient Sculpture and Paintings (London, 1780-1794), i. p. 53 (plates unnumbered); also reproduced in H. Lavoix, Histoire de la musique (Paris, 1884). ' See Jost Amman, op. cit. Musica getutscht and ausgezogen (Basel, 1511), p. 30. The names are not given under the drawings, but the above is the order in which they occur, which is probably reversed. flarmonie universelle (Paris, 1636), p. 245. 8 Syntagma Music-um (Wolfenbiittel, 1618), p1. vii. No. p. 39. 7 Historisch-biographisches Lexicon der Tonkiinslter (Leipzig, 1790–1792 and 1812-1814). 8 De saecularibus Liberalium Artium in Bohemia et Moravia fatis commentarius (Prague, 1784), p. 401. 0 See Ernest Thoinan, Les Origines de la chapelle musique des souverains de France (Paris, 1864) ; F. J. Fhtis, " Recherches sur la musique des rois de France, et de quelques princes depuis Philippe le Bel jusqu'a la fin du regne de Louis XIV.," Revue musicale (Paris, 1832), xii. pp. 193, 217, 233, 241, 257; Castil-Blaze, La Chapelle musique des rois de France (Paris, 1882) ; Michel Brenet, " Deux comptes de la chapelle musique des rois de France," Intern. Mus. Ges., Smbd. vi., i. pp. 1-32; J. Ecorcheville, " Quelques documents sur la musique de la grande 6curie du roi," Intern. Mus. Ges., Smbd. ii. 4 (Leipzig, 1901), pp. 608-642. 10 Neue Zeitschrift f. Musik (Leipzig, 187o), p. 309. n See Die San/mixing der Musikinstrumente des baierischen Nat. Museum by K. A. Bierdimpfl (Munich, 1883), Nos. 105 and 106. 12 Communication from Dr Georg Hagen, assistant director. horizontally over the left shoulder (fig. 6). There is ample room for the performer's head and shoulders to pass through the circle; the length of the tube could not therefore have been much less than i6 ft. long, equivalent to the horn in C or Bb basso. In the same book (pl. ccci.) is another horn, smaller, differing slightly in the disposition of the coils and held like the modern horn in front. These horns were not used for hunting but for war in conjunction with the draw-trumpet. Brant could not have imagined these instruments, and must have seen the originals or at least drawings of them; the instruments probably emanated from the famed workshops of Nuremberg, being intended mainly for use in Italy, and had not been generally adopted in Germany. The significance of these drawings of natural horns in a German work of the dawn of the 16th century will not be lost. It disposes once and for all of the oft-repeated fable that the hunting-horn first assumed its present form in France about 168o, a statement accepted without question by authorities of all countries, but without reference to any piece justificative other than the story of the Bohemian FIG. 6.—Spirally ;Count Sporken first quoted by Gerber, 7 and Coiled Horn from repeated in most musical works without the Virgil's Works 'context. The account which gave rise to (1502), folio cccviii. this statement had been published in 1782 versa. in a book by Faustinus Prochaska: 8 " Vix Parisiis inflandi cornua venatoria inventa ars quum delectatus suavitate cantus duos ex hominibus sibi obnoxiis ea instituendos curavit. Id principium apud nos artis, qua hodie Bohemi excellere putantur." In a preceding passage after the count's name, Franz Anton, Graf von Sporken, are the words " anno saeculi superioris octogesimo quum iter in externas provincias suscepisset," &c. There is no reference here to the invention of the horn in Paris or to the folding of the tube spirally, but only to the manner of eliciting sound from the instrument. Count Sporken, accustomed to the medieval hunting fanfares in which the tone of the horn approximated to the blare of the trumpet, was merely struck by the musical quality of the true horn tone elicited in Paris, and gave France the credit of the so-called invention, which probably more properly belonged to Italy. The account published by Prochaska a hundred years after, without reference to the source from which it was obtained, finds no corroboration from French sources. Had the French really made any substantial improvement in the hunting-horn at the end of the 17th century, transforming it from the primitive instrument into an orchestral instrument, it would only be reasonable to expect to find some evidence of this, considering the importance attached to the art of music at the court of Louis XIV., whose musical establishments, la Chapelle Musique,? la Musique de la Chambre du Roi and la Musique de la Grande Ecurie, included the most brilliant French artists. One would expect to find horns of that period by French makers among the relics of musical instruments in the museums of Europe. This does not seem to be the case. Moreover, in Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedia (1767) the information given under the heading trompe ou cor de chasse grand et petit is very vague, and contains no hint of any special merit due to France for any improvement in construction. Among the plates (vol. v., pl. vii.) is given an illustration of a horn very similar to the instruments made in England and Germany nearly a century earlier, but with a funnel-shaped mouthpiece. Dr Julius Ruhlmann states that there are two horns by Raoux, bearing the date 1703,10 in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich," but although fine examples, one in silver, the other in brass (fig. 6) by Raoux, they turn out on inquiry 12 to bear no date whatever. RUhlmann's statement in the same article, that in the arms of the family of Wartenberg-Kolb (now extinct), which goes back to 1169, there is a hunting-horn coiled round in a complete circle is also misleading. The horn (a post-horn) did not appear in the arms of the family in question until 1699, when the first peer Casimir Johann Friedrich was created hereditary Post-Master. The influence of such erroneous statements in the work of noted writers is far-reaching. Inquiries at the department of National Archives in Paris concerning Raoux, the founder of the after-wards famous firm of horn-makers whose model with pistons is used in the British military bands and at Kneller Hall, proved fruitless. Fetis states that he worked during the second half of the 18th century. Albert Chouquet 1 states that he has seen a trumpet by Raoux, " seul ordinaire du Roy, Place du Louvre" dated 1695. The inscriptions on the horns in question are: For No. 105, a silver horn of the simplest form of construction in D, " Fait A. Paris par Raoux " for No. 1o6, a brass horn engraved with a crown on an ermine mantle with the initials C. A. (Carl From a Photo by K. Teutel. Albert), " Fait a Paris Fie. 7.—Early Raoux Horn (Munich). par Raoux, seul ordinaire du Roy, Place du Louvre." Both horns measure across the coils 56 cm. and across the bell 27i. They are practically the same as the cors de chasse now in use in French and Belgian military bands, the large diameter of the coil enabling the performer to carry it over his shoulder. The orchestral horn was given a narrower diameter in order to facilitate its being held in front of the performer in a convenient position for stopping the bell with the right hand. No. 107 in the same collection, a horn of German construction, bears the inscription" Macht Jacob Schmid in Nurnberg " and the trademark " J. S." with a bird. A horn in Eb of French make, having fleur-de-lys stamped on the rim of the bell, and measuring only 15 in. across the coils to the exterior edge of the bell—therefore a very small horn—is preserved in the Grand Ducal Museum at Darmstadt? A horn in F#$ (probably F in modern high pitch), having the rim ornamented as above and the inscription " Fait a Paris, Carlin, ordinaire du Roy," readily gives the harmonics from the 3rd to the 12th.6 The extreme width is 20 in.' Carlin, who lived at rue Croix des Petits Champs, died about 1780. The earliest dated horn extant is believed to be the one preserved in the Hohenzollern Museum in Sigmaringen, " Machts Wilhelm Haas, Nurnberg, 1688." 6 Another early German horn engraved " Machts Heinr. Rich. Pfeiffer in Leipzig, 1697," 6 formerly in Paul de Wit's museum in Leipzig and now transferred with the rest of the collection to Cologne, is of similar construction. The horn must have been well known at this time in England, for there are 17th-century horns of English manufacture still extant, one, for instance, in the collection of the Rev. F. W. Galpin by William Bull, dated 1699.7 In 1701 Clagget i invented a contrivance by means of which two horns in different keys could be coupled and played by means of one mouthpiece, a valve or key opening the passage into the airways of one or the other of these horns at the will of the performer. Another horn of English manufacture about 1700 was exhibited at the South Kensington Museum in 1872, hearing No. 337 in the catalogue, in which unfortunately no details are given. Enough examples have been quoted to show that, judging from the specimens extant, Germany was not behind France, if not actually ahead, in the manufacture of early natural horns. Data are wanting concerning the instruments of Italy; See Musee du Conservatoire National de Musique. Catalogue des instruments de musique (Paris, 1884), p. 147. See Captain C. R. Day, Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Instruments exhibited at the Military Exhibition (London, 1890), P. 147, No. 307. See V. Mahillon, Catal. vol. i. No. 468. See Captain C. R. Day, Catal. No. 309, p. 148. For an illustration see Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of .4n( tent Musical Instruments at .South Kensington Museum 1872 ^London, 1873), P. 25, No. 3332. 6 See Katalog des musikhsstorischen Museums von Paul de IVit (Leipzig, 1yo4), p. 142, No. 564, where it is classified as a Jagertrompete alter Praetorius; it has a trumpet mouthpiece. For an illustration see F. J. Crowest. English Music, p.449, No. 12. 'See Ignatz and Anton Bock in Baierisches Musik-Lexikon by Febx J. Lipowski (Munich, i8i1), p. 26, note.they would probably prove to be the earliest of all, and as brass wind instruments are perishable are perhaps for that very reason unrepresented at the present day. The horn at the present stage in its evolution was also well represented among the illustrations of the musical literature in Germany 9 during the first half of the 18th century, and references to it are frequent. The earliest orchestral music for the horn occurs in the operas of Cavalli and Cesti, leaders of the Venetian Opera in the 17th century. Already in 1639 Cavalli in his opera Le Nozze musk. de Tito e Pelei (act i. sc. 1) introduced a short scena, Chiamata alla Caccia " 16 in C major for four horns on a basso continuo. An examination of the scoring in C clefs on the first, second, third and fourth lines shows, by the use of the note hl= — in the bass part and in the second tenor of the 5th harmonic of the series, that the funda- - is-- mental could have been no other than the r6-ft. C; the highest note in the treble part is the 12th harmonic of the 8-ft. alto horn in C, now obsolete. It is clear therefore that horns with tubing respectively 8 ft. and 16 ft. long, which must have been disposed in coils as in the present day, were in use in Italy before the middle of the 17th century, fifty years before the date of their reputed invention in Paris. In the same opera, act i. sc. 4, " Coro di Cavalieri " is a stirring call to arms of elemental grandeur, in which occur the words: " all' armi, o la guerrieri corni e tamburi e trombe, ogni campo ogni canto, armi rimbombe." There are above the voice parts four staves with treble and C clef signatures above the bass, and, al-though no instruments are indicated, the music written thereon, which alternates with the voices but does not accompany them, can have been intended for no instruments but trumpets and horns, thus carrying out the indications in the text. The horn is here once again put to the same use as the Roman cornu, and associated in like manner with the descendant of the buccina in a call to arms. It may be purely a coincidence that the early illustration of a horn with the tubing wound in coils round the body in the Strassburg Virgil mentioned above was put to the same use and associated with the same instrument. Cesti's operas likewise contain many passages evidentl intended for the horn, although the instruments are not specified in the score, which was nothing unusual at the time. Lulli composed the incidental music for a ballet, La Princesse d'Elide, which formed part of Moliere's divertissement, " Les plaisirs de rile enchantee," written for a great festival at Versailles on the 7th of May 1664. A copy of the music for this ballet, made about 168o, is preserved in the library of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The music contains a piece entitled " Les violons et les cors de chasse," written in the same style as Cavalli's scena; there are but two staves, and on both the music is characteristic of the horn, with which the violins would play in unison. The piece finishes on Bb _--and to play this note as the second of the harmonic series, the fundamental not being obtainable, the tube of the horn must have been over 17 ft. long. Among Philidpr's copies of Lulli's ballets preserved in the library of the Paris Conservatoire of Music (vol. xlvii., p. 61) is a more complete copy of the above. The second number is an " Air des valets de chiens at des chasseurs avec les cors de chasse," which is substantially the same as the one in the Fitzwilliam Museum, but set for five horns in Bb. Here again the use of D, the fifth note of the harmonic series, indicates that the fundamental was a tone lower than the C horn b. scored for by Cavalli, and known as Bb basso. Victor Mahillon 11 considers that the music reveals the fact that it was written for horns in Bb, 35 degrees (chromatic semitones) above 32-ft. C, or having a wave-length of 1.475 M. To this statement -~~ --- it is not possible to subscribe. The quintette required four horns in Bb over 8 ft. long and one Bb basso about 17 ft. long. It is obvious that the present custom of placing the bass notes of the horn on the 9 See, for instance, frontispiece of Walther's Musikalisches Lexikon (Leipzig, 1732) ; J. F. B. C. Nlajer's Musik-Saal (Nuremberg, 1741, 2nd ed.), p. 54; Joh. Christ. Kolb, Pinacotheca Davidica (Augsburg, 1711) ; Ps. xci. ; Componimenti Musicali peril cembalo Dr Theofilo Muffat, organista di sua Sacra Maesta Carlo VI. Imp." (1690), title-page in Deukmaler d. Tonkunst in Oesterreich, Bd. iii. 10 See Hugo Goldschmidt, Das Orchester der italienischen Oper im 17 Jahrhundcrt," Intern. Mus. Ges., Sntbd. ii. 1, p. 73. " See " Le Cor," pp. 23 and 24, and Dictionnaire de l'acad. des beaux arts, vol. iv., art. Cor." F clef an octave too low, as is now customary, had not yet been adopted, for in that case the bass horn would in several bars be playing above the tenor. In 1647 Cardinal Mazarin, wishing to create in France a taste for Italian opera, had procured from Italy an orchestra, singers and mise-en-scene. That he was not entirely successful in making Paris appreciate Italian music is beside the mark; he developed instead a demand for French opera, to which Lulli proved equal. The great similarity in the style of the horn scene by Cavalli and Lulli may perhaps provide a clue to the mysterious and sudden apparition of the natural horn in France, where nothing was known of the hybrid instrument thirty years before, when Mersenne' wrote his careful treatise on musical instruments. The orchestral horn had been introduced from Italy. It is not difficult to understand how the horn came to be called the French horn in England; the term only appears after Gerber and other writers had repeated the story of Count Sporken introducing the musical horn into Bohemia.' By this time the firm of Raoux, established in Paris a hundred years, had won for itself full recognition of its high standard of workmanship in the making of horns. This use of the horn by Lulli in the one ballet seems to be an isolated instance; no other has yet been quoted. The introduction of the natural horn into the orchestra of the French opera did not occur until much later in 1735 in Andre Campra's Achille et Deidamie, and then only in a fanfare. In the meantime the horn had already won a place in most of the rising opera houses and ducal orchestras' of Germany, and had been introduced by Handel into the orchestra in London in his Water-music composed in honour of George I. Although the Italians were undoubtedly the first to introduce the horn into the orchestra, it figured at first only as the characteristic instrument of the chase, suggesting and accompanying hunting scenes or calls to arms. For a more independent use of the horn in the orchestra we must turn to Germany. Reinhard Keiser, the founder of German opera, at the end of the 17th century in Hamburg, introduced two horns in C into the opening chorus of his opera Octavio in 1705, where the horns are added to the string quartette and the oboes; they play again in act i. sc. 3, and in act ii. sc. 6 and 9. The compass used by the composer for the horns in C alto is the following: -Ps r: =ter—r 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 Wilhelm Kleefeld draws attention to the characterization, which differed in the three acts. In Henrico (1711), in Diana (1712) and in L'Inganno Fedele (1714) F horns were used. This called forth from Mattheson° his much-quoted eulogium, the earliest description of the orchestral horn: " Die lieblich pompeusen Waldhorner sind bei itziger Zeit sehr en vogue kommen, weil sie theils nicht so rude von Natur sind als die Trompeten, teils auch well sie mit mehr Facilite konnen tractiret werden. Die brauchbarsten haben F and mit den Trompeten aus dem C gleichen Ambitum. Sie klingen auch dicker and fallen besser aus als die iibertaubende and schreyende Clarinen, weil sie urn eine ganze quinte tiefer stehen." Lotti in his Glove in Argo, given in Dresden, 1717, scored for two horns in C, writing for them soli in the aria for tenors (act iii. sc. 1). Examples of C. H. Graun's6 scoring for horns in F and G respectively in Polydorus (17Q8-1729) and inIphigenia (1731). show the complete emancipation of the instrument from its original limitations; it serves not only as melody instrument but also to enrich the harmony and emphasize the rhythm. A comparison of the early scores of Cavalli and Lulli with those of Handel's Wasserfahrtmusik7 (1717) and of Radamisto, performed in London in 1720, Mersenne's drawings of tors de chasse are very crude; they have no bell and are all of the large calibre suggestive of the primitive animal horn. He mentions nevertheless that they were not only used for signals and fanfares but also for little concerted pieces in four parts for horns alone, or with oboes, at the conclusion of the hunt. 2 See William Tans'ur Senior, The Elements of Musick (London, 1772); Br. V. Dictionary under " Horn." Also Scale of Horn in the hand of Samuel Wesley; in Add. MS. 35011, fol. 166, Brit. Mus. A horn-player, Johann Theodor Zeddelmayer, was engaged in 1706 at the Saxon court at Weissenfels; see Neue-Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete histor. antiqu. Forschungen, Bd. xv. (2) (Halle, 1882), p. 503; also Wilhelm Kleefeld, " Das Orchester der Ham-burger Oper, 1678-1738," Intern. Mus. Ges., Smbd. i. 2, p. 280, where the appearance of the horn in the orchestras of Germany is traced. Das neu-eroffnete Orchester, i. 267. 5 Sec Moritz Ffirstenau, Zur Geschichte der Musik and des Theaters su Dresden (Dresden, 1861-1862), vol. ii. p. 6o. 6 See " Carl Heinrich Gratin als Opernkomponist," by Albert Mayer-Reinach, Intern' Mus. Ges., Smbd. i. 3 (Leipzig, 1900), pp. 516-517 and 523-524, where musical examples are given. Cf. Chrysander, Haendel, ii. 146.shows the rapid progress made by the horn, even at a time when its technique was still necessarily imperfect. While Bach was conductor of the prince of Anhalt-Cothen's orchestra (1717-1723), it is probable that horns in several keys were used. In Dresden two Bohemian horn-players, Johann Adalbert Fischer and Franz Adam Samm, were added to the court orchestra in 1711.8 In Vienna the addition is stated to have taken place in 1712 at the opera.' It is probable that as in Paris so in Vienna there were solitary instances in which the horn was heard in opera without attracting the attention of musicians long before 1712, for instance in Cesti's Il Porno d'Oro, printed in Vienna in 1667 and 1668 and performed for the wedding ceremonies of Kaiser Leopold. and Margareta, infanta of Spain. A horn in E (former F pitch) in the museum of the Brussels conservatoire bears the inscription " Machts Michael Leicham Schneider in Wien, 1713."n Ftirstenau" gives a further list of operas in Vienna during the first two decades of the 18th century. It will be well before the next stage in the evolution is approached to consider the compass of the natural horn. The pedal octave from the fundamental to the 2nd harmonic was altogether wanting; the next octave contained only the 2nd and 3rd harmonics or the octave and its fifth; in the third octave, the 8ve, its major 3rd, 5th and minor 7th; in the fourth octave, a diatonic scale with a few accidentals was possible. It will be seen that the compass was very limited on any individual horn, but by grouping horns in different keys, or by changing the crooks, command was gained by the composer over a larger number of open notes. An important period in the development of the horn has now been reached. Anton Joseph Hampel is generally credited' with the innovation of adapting the crooks to the middle of the body of the horn instead of near the mouthpiece, which greatly improved the quality of the notes obtained by means of the crooks. The crooks fitted into the two branches of U-shaped tubes, thus forming slides which acted as compensators. Hampers Inventionshorn, as it is called in Germany (Fr. cor harmonique), is said to date from 1753,13 the first instrument having been made for him by Johann Werner, a brass instrument-maker of Dresden. The same invention is also attributed to Haltenhof of Hanau." Others again mention Michael Wogel15 of Carlsruhe and Rastadt, probably confusing his adaptation of the Invention or Maschine, as the slide contrivance was called in Germany, to the trumpet in 1780. The Inventions-horn, although embodying an important principle which has also found its application in all brass wind instruments with valves as a means of correcting defective intonation, did not add to the compass of the horn. At some date before 1762 it would seem that Hampel16 also discovered the principle on which hand-stopping is founded. By hand-stopping (Fr. sons bouches, Ger. gestopfte nine) is under-stood the practice of inserting the hand with palm outstretched and 8 See Moritz Fi.irstenau, op. cit. ii. 58. See Ludwig von Kochel, Die kaiserliche Hofkappelle in Wien (Vienna, 1869), p. 80. 10 See Victor Mahillon, Catalogue descriptif, vol. ii. No. 116o, p. 389. " Op. cit. ii. 6o. 12 The Department of State Archives for Saxony in Dresden possesses no documents which can throw any light upon this point, but, through the courtesy of the director, the following facts have been communicated. Two documents concerning Anton Joseph Hampel are extant: (1) An application by his son, Johann Michael Hampel, to the elector Friedrich August III. of Saxony, dated Dresden, April 3, 1771, in which he prays that the post of his father as horn-player in the court orchestra—in which he had already served as deputy for his invalid father—may be awarded to him. (2) A petition from the widow, Aloisia Ludevica Hampelin, to the elector, bearing the same date (April 3, 1771), wherein she announces the death of her husband on the 3oth of March 1771, who had been in the service of the house of Saxony thirty-four years as horn-player, and prays for the grant of a monthly pension for herself and her three delicate daughters, as she finds herself in the most unfortunate circumstances. There is no allusion in either letter to any musical merit of the deceased. 13 There is an instrument of this early type, supposed to date from the middle of the 18th century, in Paul de Wit's fine collection of musical instruments formerly in Leipzig and now transferred to Cologne; see Katalog, No. 645, p. 148. '" See Dictionnaire de l'acad. des beaux arts, vol. iv. (Paris), article " Cor." 15 See Dr Gustav Schilling, Universal Lexikon der Tonkunst (Stuttgart, 1840), Bd. vi., " Trompete "; also Capt. C. R. Day, pp. 139 and 151, where the term Invention is quite misunderstood and misapplied. See Gottfried Weber in Caecilia (Mainz, 1835), Bd. xvii. 16 Gerber in the first edition of his Lexikon does not mention Hampel or award him a separate biographical article; we may therefore conclude that he was not personally acquainted with him, although Hampel was still a member of the electoral orchestra in Dresden during Gerber's short career in Leipzig. In the edition of 1812 Gerber renders him full justice. fingers drawn together, forming a long, shallow cup, into the bell of the horn; the effect is similar to that produced in wood wind instruments, termed d'amore, by the pear-shaped bell with a narrow opening, i.e. a veiled mysterious quality, and, according to the arrangement of the hand and fingers (which cannot be taught theoretically, being inter-dependent on other acoustic conditions), a drop in pitch which enables the performer merely to correct the faulty intonation of difficult harmonics or to lower the pitch exactly a semitone or even a full tone by inserting the hand well up the bore of the bell. J. Frohlich' gives drawings of the two principal positions of the hand in the horn. The same phenomenon may be observed in the flute by closing all the holes, so that the fundamental note of the pipe speaks, and then gradually bringing the palm of the hand nearer the open end of the flute. As a probable explanation may be offered the following suggestion. The partial closing of the opening of the bell removes the boundary of ambient air, which determines the ventral segment of the half wave-length some distance beyond the normal length; this boundary always lies beyond the end of the tube, thus accounting for the discrepancy between the theoretical length of the air-column and the practical length actually given to the tube.' Hampel is also said to have been the first to apply the sordini 2 (Fr. sourdine) or mute, already in use in the 17th century for the trumpet,' to the horn. The original mute did not affect the pitch of the instrument, but only the tone, and when properly constructed may he used with the valve horn to produce the mysterious veiled quality of the hand-stopped notes. No satisfactory scientific explanation of the modifications in the pitch effected by the partial obstruction of the bell, whether by the hand or by means of certain mechanical devices, has as yet been offered. D. J. Blaikley suggests that in cases when the effect of hand-stopping appears to be to raise the pitch of the notes of the harmonic series, the real result of any contraction of the bell mouth (as by the insertion of the hand) is always a flattening of pitch accompanied by the introduction of a distorted or inharmonic scale, of such a character that for instance, the c, d, e, or 8th, 9th and loth notes of the original harmonic scale become not the c$# d# e of a fundamental raised a semitone, but Db, E', and f due to the 9th, loth and 11th notes of a disturbed or distorted scale having a fundamental lower than that of the normal horn. With regard to the discovery of this method of obtaining a chromatic compass for the horn, which rendered the instrument very popular with composers, instrumentalists and the public, and Following for it a generally accredited position in the orchestra, the following is the sum of evidence at present available. In the Kgl. offentliche Bibliothek, Dresden, is preserved, amongst the musical MSS., an autograph volume of 152 pages, entitled Lection pro Cornui, bearing the signature A. J. H[ampel], the name being filled in in pencil by a different hand. There is no introduction, no letter-press of any description belonging to the MS. method for the horn, nor is any book or pamphlet explaining the Inventionshorn or the method of hand-stopping by Hampel extant or known to have existed. He has apparently left no record of his accomplishment. A few typical extracts copied and selected from the original MS., courteously communicated by the director of the Royal Library, 1-Iofrath, P. E. Richter (a practical musician and performer on horn and trumpet), do not prove conclusively that they were intended to be played on hand-stopped horns, with the exception, perhaps, -- i 1'I I! 1 I p. 133, No. 21. p. 133, No. 22. of the A, 13th harmonic from C, which could not easily be obtained except by hand-stopping on the hand-horn. On the blank sheet preceding the exercises is an inscription in the hand of Moritz Furstenau, former custodian of the Royal Private Musical Collection (incorporated with the public library in 1896): "Anton Joseph Hampel, by whom these exercises for the horn were written, was a celebrated horn-player, a member of the Orchestra of the Electoral Prince of Saxony. He invented the so-called Inventionshorn. Cf. Neues biog.-hist. Lexicon der Tonkunstler by Gerber, pt. i. col. 493; also Zur Gesch. des Musik u. des Theaters am Hofe zu Dresden, by M. Furstenau, Bd. ii." It will be seen that Furstenau gives Gerber as his authority for the attribution of the invention to Hampel, although he searched the archives, to which he had free access, for material for his book. ' Vollstandige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (Bonn, 1811), pt. iii. p. 7. 2 See Victor Mahillon, " Le Cor," p. 28; Chladni, op. cit. p. 87. 2 See Frohlich, op. cit. 7; and Gerber, Lexikon (ed. 1812), p. 493; " Le Cor," pp. 34 and 53. ' See Praetorius and Mersenne, op. cit.;, the latter gives an illustration of the trumpet mute.
End of Article: HORN (Lat. cornu; corresponding terms being Fr. cor, trompe; Ger. Horn; Ital. corno)
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