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In Memoriam: Percy F. Hall
March 6, 1928 - May 30, 2019
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French Horn Ensembles

French Horn Trios – New listings
Crusaders’ Hymn - Silesian Melody, arr. Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50522004  
This familiar hymn tune began its life as a haymakers’ song in a part of southern Poland known as Silesia. This arrangement begins and ends in a staccato marcato style, but most of it is lyrical, and it is quite contrapuntal which requires a good understanding of rhythm in all three parts. It is all in the key of F for horns, with range from low G to high F. This trio is rather challenging but well worth the effort.

Mountain Music - arr Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50522003  
We don’t usually think of horn players playing Mountain Music, but why deprive them of that privilege! They will enjoy two familiar tunes: Sourwood Mountain and Old Joe Clark. Both songs are in the key of G for horns, and some independent counting is required, but most of the rhythms will be not be a big challenge. Range is perfect for young horn players, from low B to high F. This trio is also available for trombones

Songs About Johnny - arr. Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50522002  
This arrangement includes two familiar tunes with roots in Ireland; Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier is in a melancholy mood about a young boy going off to war. The style changes to staccato marcato for When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick Gilmore, who was an Irish immigrant to America and became a well known band director in the mid 1800’s. The trio requires rhythmic independence with an understanding of 6/8 meter; the high range is just E and goes down to low A. This is an excellent piece for developing horn players - good for contests and recitals.

Spirituals About Nobody - arr. Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50522001  
The title is a play on words. The trio begins with Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, and ends with the lively (although not as well known) spiritual I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray. These songs came into being during a dark period in the history of our country, but they have made a great contribution to our history musically. Lots of independent rhythms can be a challenge. The low range is just Bb, and the high range is not above F, but the tessitura of the part lies mostly between F and high F which could cause some problem of endurance. This trio is also published for trombones.

Steal Away Little David - arr. Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 50522005  
Rehearsing and performing African American spirituals offers lessons in history as well as music. Two distinct styles are presented, lyrical and marcato. The lyrical style is often more challenging. The key signatures are concert F and Ab major and range extends from low G to high G. The trio was originally published for trombones and is now available tor trumpets and also French horns.

French Horn Trios
Clouds - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20522174  
Music can paint pictures or images of the beauty of nature, and clouds are certainly one of natures beauties. Stratus and Cirrus clouds are included in this trio with the music in contrast similar to those two types of clouds. This trio is quite limited in range in deference to the less experienced horn players allowing them to concentrate on balance, blend, musical style and phrasing without being challenged by range and technique. Both movements are to be played in the legato style with the exception of two measures in staccato-marcato style. Horn players will feel very good about themselves after a successful performance of this trio. The top range for first horn is only 4th line D, and the 3rd horn lowest pitch is A below middle C. In Ohio this trio is listed on the Horn Choir list as well as the trio list. This provides an outstanding first ensemble experience for young horn players.

French Horn Quartet
Kum ba Yah Variations - Hall, arr.            Score sample
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 00466  
This Horn Quartet was made at the request of Cindy Heidelbaugh, Lexington Schools, Ohio who wanted a quartet avoiding the high range of the instrument. The first horn part does not venture above 4th space E. However, the 4th horn frequently goes down to F below the staff. Even though band music rarely goes down to low F, having your students playing in that range is not difficult and is great for the embouchure. Orchestra music of course uses the range much lower than F. “Kum ba Yah” is a well known song making this quartet fun to play. The theme is simply stated in F major and then followed by variations, first as a Viennese waltz, and next as a melancholy ballad in d minor, and ending with a dramatic processional march in G major. This quartet offers and excellent ensemble experience for developing horn players. In Ohio it is also on the Horn Choir list.

French Horn Choir
Clouds - Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20522174  
This is a three part horn choir, which is also on the French Horn Trio list in Ohio. See the description under French Horn Trio.

Kum ba Yah Variations - Hall, arr.            Score sample
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 00466  
This is a four part horn choir, which is also on the French Horn Quartet list in Ohio. See the description under French Horn Quartet.

“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

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How to order:   Many of Percy Hall’s compositions and arrangements were originally published by Great Works Publishing or LudwigMasters Publications, whose catalogs were then purchased by Keiser Southern Music in 2020. While many of these publications are currently out of print, most are listed in the Alfred Music online catalog.

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