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Horn Warm-up

by (b. 1963)

for horn study


About the Work

Horn Warm-Up is a set of exercises that I have collected over the past 15 years in search of the most successful way to start each working day. They do not presume to be “original”—arpeggios, scales and long tones are used by us all every day. You will notice portions of this warm-up that seem very familiar; perhaps you use several of them in your own daily routine. What is different about this set is the way in which they are presented—their ordering is specifically designed to get the maximum results with as little fatigue as possible. These exercises are for the hornist who wants to have complete control of the entire range, a fluid, warm sound, and “athletic” agility. These are not for the meek at heart! They are rather difficult, but perseverance will result in a greater command of your instrument and musicality.

About the Composer

Paul Basler (b. 1963, Milwaukee), 1993–94 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), 1995–96 University of Florida Teacher of the Year and the 2001–03 College of Fine Arts University of Florida Research Foundation Professor is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

Basler has performed as guest artist at numerous international music festivals and has been a member of the Brevard, Charleston, Valdosta, Greenville, Asheville, Tallahassee and Gainesville Symphonies. He has received several American Cultural Affairs Specialist Grants from the U.S. Department of State and has served as Visiting Professsor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and the National Conservatory of Music. One of the most performed composers of his generation, his music has been performed throughout the world and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Spoleto Festival, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival and in China by the Shanghai Philharmonic. He received his BM degree magna cum laude from the Florida State University, MM, MA, and DMA degrees from Stony Brook University. Basler’s horn teachers have included William Purvis, William Capps and Barry Benjamin and his composition teachers have been John Boda, John Downey, Bülent Arel, John Lessard and Billy Jim Layton.