Blowing Their Own French Horn – French Classical Instruments

Instruments are an essential part of music from time immemorial. They are also part of culture and religion. Music has been a common and frequent presence during festivals and celebrations. They are known to bring out emotions into the hearts of those who hear it. Many types of music come with each culture and religion. Depending on the source, music has its unique qualities. Spanish music is commonly heard in Mexico and Cuba, whereas hard rock, and heavy metal music is more common in California and San Francisco. The music originating from France is very different and unique. One of the most classical instruments still used is called the French horn. Symphony orchestras use music score that has a prominent place for the French horns. French horns have different pitches – a unique feature in an instrument.

In many classical music pieces, audiences find that there are two horns during F and there are two in E flat. This has puzzled many individuals as to why there aren’t four horns during F and two in E flat. Many think it may be due to pitch range or it may be to effectively make the music sound fuller than it is typically.

Modern Music and French Horns

However, due to technological enhancements, French horns are not necessary as they are covered and re-created through innovative technology. A piece that uses a French horn and the technique to make the sound more fuller is Mahler’s 6th. The earliest evolutions of the French horn were known to be an orchestral instrument. Since there were no keys on the early instrument, the pitch of the music depended entirely on the player and their ability in ‘bending.’ When playing the higher ranges on the instrument, the notes are close enough that they can be played easily. However, the lower notes are almost impossible to recreate, the mid notes, however, were reasonably easy.

One of the unique and first things you notice in the parts of the instrument are the keys, or in the case of the older instrument, ‘crooks.’ The key and pitch of the instrument changed by replacing and adjusting the crook, at the cost of a few seconds, which can improve the core of the entire instrument. However, it is not exactly possible to do this during a performance; it is possible to do it between concerts and breaks. If you are a composer with multiple French horns and different keys to complete, you will get all the French horns to play at the same time. Each instrument will take up a key on its own and turn the combined French horns into a symphony of horns and pitches. The pairs that are required for each type of key and pitch varies, from one pair providing a significant key and two pairs for a minor key, this created a sound that was created for harmonic reasons. The French horn is a beautiful instrument to play; it is unique and has ancient ties. The instrument was designed decades ago where music was much different to what we have now.