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Saint-Saens, Camille - Morceau de Concert, Op. 94 Urtext

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Saint-Saens Morceau Urtext
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Morceau de Concert in F minor Op. 94

Horn and Piano

Publisher: Henle Urtext Edition
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Editor: Dominik Rahmer

As with Schumann's “Concert Piece for four Horns” Op. 86 (HN 1138) Saint-Saëns' “Morceau de Concert” was also composed with the idea of exploiting the technical possibilities of the new valve-horn mechanism. In this case, the French horn player Henri Chaussier provided the impulse. He had developed a novel “Cor omnitonique” and wanted to demonstrate the merits of his instrument with Saint-Saëns' composition. Chaussier's invention did not gain acceptance amongst horn players - although the “Morceau de Concert” did! From today's standpoint the popular work with one movement is not overly demanding technically; in addition, Saint-Saëns himself suggested two abridgements to simplify the piece, meaning that even advanced pupils can venture to play it.