Music for Solo Horn
 
Heinrich Domnich
Concerto No. 1 pour Premiére Cor      c.1797-1802
Heinrich Domnich (1767-1844) was professor of horn specializing in cor basse at the
Paris Conservatory from its inception in 1795 until 1817. He was a student of the
famous virtuoso Giovanni Punto. Domnich was the teacher of many influential hornists
of the nineteenth century including Louis François Dauprat, Jean-Baptiste Mengal and
Eduard Constantine Lewy. Domnich wrote a Méthode de Premier et Second Cor published
in 1808, which was one of the most detailed methods for hand horn and the first to
discuss the history of the instrument. He also wrote 3 solo concerti for the horn and a
Symphonie Concertante for 2 horns.
 
The 1st Concerto was composed between 1797 and 1802 and is thought to have been
premiered in April 1803. It was performed by Joseph Pierre-Charles Petit, a student of
Domnich’s, in the Paris Conservatory concert series. As the title indicates, it is a piece for
premier cor (first horn), or high horn, and emphasizes the instrument’s upper register.
This edition provides a piano reduction of the orchestral accompaniment while
transcribing faithfully Domnich’s solo part. Original articulations have been preserved.
Doubling of the orchestral horn parts in the introduction has been removed from the solo
part. Several cues and courtesy accidentals have been added to aid the performer.
 
Grade 5-6
Performance time: 10:30
3 Movements:
            I. Allegro moderato
            II. Romanza
            III. Rondo
 
 
 
 Concerto No. 2 pour Second Cor    c.1797-1802
 The 2nd Concerto was composed between 1797 and 1802 and was likely premiered on
April 8, 1804 on the student concert series at the Paris Conservatory. The horn soloist
on this concert was Pierre-Louis Colin, referred to in some documents as “Colin jeune”
because he was the younger of two brothers who studied horn at the Conservatory. Colin
was a prizewinner at the Conservatory and went on to play with the Paris Opera and
l’Opéra Buffa. Domnich’s second solo work is for second cor (second horn), or low horn,
and may be said to be particularly idiomatic of Domnich’s style as it reflects several
specific techniques and patterns he would later detail in his Méthode. This edition
provides a piano reduction of the orchestral accompaniment, while transcribing faithfully
Domnich’s solo part. Original articulations have been preserved. In cases where pitches
are notated in bass clef, old notation is used. Doubling of the orchestral horn parts in the
introduction has been removed. Cues and courtesy accidentals have been added to aid
the performer. Also an octave displacement is suggested in m.179-182. 
 
Grade 6
Performance time: 12:30
3 Movements:
            I. Mäestoso
            II. Andantino
            III. Rondeau
 
 
 
Symphonie Concertante pour Deux Cor    c.1805-1810
The Symphonie Concertante for Two Horns was composed between 1805 and 1810. Its
premier date is not known. The piece reflects Domnich’s traditional approach to horn
playing with very distinct and characteristic lines for cor alto, high horn, and cor basse, low horn. Like his earlier concerti there is much in terms of technique which may be
instructive when compared with discussions and exercises in the Domnich Méthode. This
edition provides a piano reduction of the orchestral accompaniment. The solo parts have
been transcribed preserving original articulations and some other conventions such as the
use of old notation for pitches notated in bass clef. The horn parts are presented here on
the same page so that the performers may easily see how the two lines interact. Roman
numerals I and II are used to indicate solo passages for one player or the other.
 
Grade 6
Performance time: 17:10
3 Movements:
            I. Allegro moderato
            II. Cantabile
            III. Allegro Moderato
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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