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The orchestral instruments: The french horns

From the cow horn to the symphony orchestra's heart! Join us on a journey through the history of the horn, and listen and learn about the many different variations of the instrument.

In this video you will meet alphorn, post horn, hunting horn, French horn – and even an exciting horn called the Wagner tuba! And travel through time together with the french horn players of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra…

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • David Arnold from Independence Day, arr John Lynsdale-Nock
  • Viljo Vesterinen The Säkkijärvi Polka, arr Scott A. Ramsey
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Minuet No. 2
  • Johannes Brahms from the Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 1
  • Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus The Winner Takes it All, arr Kristofer Öberg
  • Participants

  • The horn section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 7 minutes long.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.