Tonight I attended a concert. A horn quartet playing several pieces, from Rossini to Hindemith (arrangements of course). Really great, four enthousiastic players from our Residentie Orchestra were playing for a selected audience. Normally a horn (or set of 4 horns) play their part in a Symphony and we are all satisfied about this. As one of the players explained to me, we are playing and nobody hears us.... except in Mahler, Wagner and some others. All I can say is: the horn is the most beautiful sounding instrument. When we write our own compositions, please give the horn the part they deserve!! Let them speak loudly, mellow and romantic.
From now on I will give them a better and solistic role in my music. It was really all beauty tonight.
[BTW they ended the concert with Wagner Tubas, a great piece, rather complicated. But that sound!!! Wonderful.]