The Horn

Renato Meucci


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Yale University Press
14 November 2023
ISBN: 9780300118933
416 pages

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A rich and fascinating account of one of music history's most ancient, varied, and distinctive instruments

From its origins in animal horn instruments in classical antiquity to the emergence of the modern horn in the seventeenth century, the horn appears wherever and whenever humans have made music. Its haunting, timeless presence endures in jazz and film music, as well as orchestral settings, to this day.

In this welcome addition to the Yale Musical Instrument Series, Renato Meucci and Gabriele Rocchetti trace the origins of the modern horn in all its variety. From its emergence in Turin and its development of political and diplomatic functions across European courts, to the revolutionary invention of valves, the horn has presented in innumerable guises and forms. Aided by musical examples and newly discovered sources, Meucci and Rocchetti's book offers a comprehensive account of an instrument whose history is as complex and fascinating as its music.