Introducing the 19th-century Horn

Why play a contemporary instrument when you perform music written for old instruments? Roger Montgomery, principal horn player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, introduces his new 19th-century style horn, made by former OAE player Andrew Clark.

Where possible, OAE musicians play authentic instruments from the era of the music they perform. However, in some cases, this isn’t possible as a 100-year-old instrument is rarely at the peak of its playing condition, and, most importantly, these instruments are pieces of history that need to be preserved.

Find out more about this remarkable instrument in this video from OAE.

Introducing the 19th Century Horn

In the 19th century, players such as Franz Strauss were starting to use the B flat single horn, as a way of making things easier for themselves.
Roger Montgomery, of the OAE, on the history of the horn

Hear Montgomery perform the full Konzertstück for Four Horns with this instrument, conducted by Sir András Schiff, in the OAE’s Brahms Piano Concerto concert in Royal Festival Hall on Monday 18 March 2019.

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