There are so many sources for orchestral excerpts for Horn. To prepare for an audtion, there’s virtually no piece of music that might appear in your audition, that you couldn’t prepare for by accessing the written music and several recordings. But what if you should happen to be a jazz student wanting to prepare for the many challenges of big band playing? Trust me when I say that there are many, many Horn parts in well-known jazz arrangements, that are not totally easy to sight read! Even in my own recent experience, mainly with the Mingus Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, I see parts that I wouldn’t want to ask a sub to just come in and sight read….
This brings me to my next project. What if there were a volume of jazz excerpts for Horn, complete with audio examples? Would this be something of value? Can you think of any specific pieces, or recordings, or composers or arrangers that you’d want to see in this volume? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!