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Eli Epstein | Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn

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Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn

by Eli Epstein

Epstein performs and teaches (in spoken commentary) how to approach and master 21 of the most challenging orchestral excerpts for low horn, from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony Trio to Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony low horn tutti!
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Fidelio Overture, Op. 72 (Introduction)
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2. Fidelio Overture, Op. 72 (Demonstration)
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3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 55: III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace: Trio (Introduction)
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4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 55: III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace: Trio (Demonstration)
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5. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92: I. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace (Introduction)
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6. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92: I. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace (Demonstration)
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7. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92: III. Presto: Trio (Introduction)
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8. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92: III. Presto: Trio (Demonstration)
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9. Symphony No. 8, Op. 93: III. Tempo di Menuetto: Trio (Introduction)
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10. Symphony No. 8, Op. 93: III. Tempo di Menuetto: Trio (Demonstration)
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11. Symphony No. 9, Op. 125: III.Adagio molto e cantabile (Introduction)
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12. Symphony No. 9, Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile (Demonstration)
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13. Variations On a Theme By Haydn, Op. 56a, Variation 6 (Introduction)
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14. Variations On a Theme By Haydn, Op. 56a, Variation 6 (Demonstration)
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15. Symphony No. 31: II. Adagio (Introduction)
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16. Symphony No. 31: II. Adagio (Demonstration)
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17. Symphony No. 1: I. Langsam. Schleppend (Introduction)
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18. Symphony No. 1: I. Langsam. Schleppend (Demonstration)
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19. Symphony No. 1: I. Feierlich und Gemessen ohne zu Schleppen (Introduction)
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20. Symphony No. 1: I. Feierlich und Gemessen ohne zu Schleppen (Demonstration)
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21. Symphony No. 3: I. Kraftig, Entschieden (Introduction)
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22. Symphony No. 3: I. Kraftig, Entschieden (Demonstration)
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23. Symphony No. 9: I. Andante comodo (Introduction)
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24. Symphony No. 9: I. Andante comodo (Demonstration)
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25. Symphony No. 40, K. 550: III. Menuetto: Trio (Introduction)
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26. Symphony No. 40, K. 550: III. Menuetto: Trio (Demonstration)
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27. Symphony No. 9, D. 944 "Great": I. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo - Più moto (Introduction)
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28. Symphony No. 9, D. 944 "Great": I. Andante -Allegro ma non troppo - Più moto (Demonstration)
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29. Symphony No. 5, Op. 47: I. Moderato (Introduction)
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30. Symphony No. 5, Op. 47: I. Moderato (Demonstration)
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31. Don Quixote, Op. 35, Variation VII (Introduction)
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32. Don Quixote, Op. 35, Variation VII (Demonstration)
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33. Don Quixote, Op. 35, Variation VIII (Introduction)
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34. Don Quixote, Op. 35, Variation VIII (Demonstration)
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35. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 (Introduction)
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36. Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 (Demonstration)
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37. Symphony No. 4, Op. 36: I. Andante Sostenuto - Moderato con anima (Introduction)
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38. Symphony No. 4, Op. 36: I. Andante Sostenuto - Moderato con anima (Demonstration)
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39. Das Rheingold, WWV 86A: Vorspiel (Introduction)
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40. Das Rheingold, WWV 86A: Vorspiel (Demonstration)
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41. Der Freischutz Overture (Introduction)
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42. Der Freischutz Overture (Demonstration)
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43. Horsing Around
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In his 18 years as second horn of the Cleveland Orchestra, Eli Epstein performed and recorded most of the Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schumann symphonies, Strauss Tone Poems, and Wagner Ring operas. During that time, he tinkered and experimented with low horn issues and came upon strong principles of low horn playing.

Half of the horn parts in the orchestral literature are low horn parts. Orchestral sound and expression are enhanced and strengthened when these passages are played with beautiful tone, musicianship, artistry and assuredness. Low horn excerpts present many technical challenges, such as:
• How do we make large leaps with agility, ease and accuracy?
• How do we play in the low and middle range with strength and projection without elevating the intonation?
• How do we produce smooth legato or clear staccato and evenness of sound over the horn's almost four-octave range?

Epsteinhornexcerpts.com, the album’s support web site, displays rich images, diagrams, video and written materials that explain and illuminate concepts of low horn playing brought up in the spoken commentary. On the web site there are links via hornexcerpts.com (by kind permission) to PDFs for each excerpt and exemplary full orchestral performances for almost every excerpt. Additional materials on powerful audition preparation round out the offering.

Acclaim for Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn

Richard King, Principal Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra: "In releasing his new recording, Eli Epstein has provided another incredible learning tool for horn players. The recording includes his spoken commentary, which is practical and to the point, followed by exceptional demonstrations of the excerpts. Eli is certainly one of the great players and teachers of our generation."

Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra: “Eli Epstein's Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn is an album every horn player can benefit from. In each passage Mr. Epstein's playing contains all of the ingredients for success--beauty and evenness of tone, control in all dynamics and ranges, along with engaging rhythmic vibrancy. His explanations are clear, practical, and reflect his tremendous experience playing for many years in top orchestras. I was fortunate to play in The Cleveland Orchestra for 17 years with Mr. Epstein and can personally attest to his extremely high level of artistry hearing all of these excerpts close up. Eli Epstein's Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn is a "must have" for anyone serious about playing low horn.”

Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Horn Professor, Curtis Institute of Music:
"A resource like this, from a low horn expert and lovely musician as Eli Epstein, is an invaluable and exciting addition to every horn player and teacher's library!"

Robert Rearden, Principal Horn, The Florida Orchestra: "With his beautiful, warm sound and encouraging commentary, Eli Epstein has created here another incredible resource for all horn players. Like his book, Horn Playing from the Inside Out, Epstein presents this valuable information in ways that are clear, straightforward, and inspiring to listen to."

For more information, view www.eliepstein.com.

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Alex

Eli Epstein: Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn
Mr. Epstein’s instruction offers a perfect blend of technicality, musicality, and artistry to tackle some of the most common second horn excerpts. Following the instruction is wonderful audio clip of each excerpt clearly demonstrating the musical components. I often play the first horn part along with the CD which helps solidify my timing, blending and artistry. This is a must have tool for all horn players!
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