Video Tip of the Week: Reading Natural Brass

A video installment in my daily series of tips. Please follow me on Twitter for the Orchestration Online Tip of the Day at @OrchestrationOL, or join the Orchestration Online Facebook group for feedback, resources, and advice.

Score-read the following works, transposing horn and trumpet parts:
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movt. II
Haydn Symphony No. 100, Movts I & IV
Mozart Symphony No. 39, Movt. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, complete (especially Movt. 5)
…and for a bonus, also try the very fun Haydn Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher”

All scores available on, with corresponding performances on YouTube.

Tips of the Day for this week:

Monday, January 21: Optimum Range for Stopped Horn
Tuesday, January 22: Stopped Horn vs. Muted Horn
Wednesday, January 23: Rehabilitation of the “Horn Pad”
Thursday, January 24: Sing Through Your Horn Parts
Friday, January 25: Slurring Up vs. Slurring Down on Horn
Saturday, January 26: Preference Against Key Signatures in Horn and Trumpet

Thomas Goss is a professional composer and orchestrator with an international roster of clients. He has worked with such talents as Billy Ocean, Melanie C, Sharon Corr, and Nikki Yanofsky. His compositions, orchestrations, and crossover arrangements have been performed by such ensembles as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Ensemble.

Thomas lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife Erica and son Charlie, and one very unappreciative cat.

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