The warm, soft brassy voice of the Horn is suited to
providing beautiful harmony, agile runs or a lyrical melody.
Early designs were awkward to play as the player had to
replace sections of tubing between phrases or change instruments in order to play in the
correct key. However, during the 18th century, Bohemian Horn players discovered that
by placing their hand inside the bell of the instrument, they could alter the pitch of the
note and eventually a complete method of producing all the notes within its range was
The modern French Horn has 3 rotary finger valves and
one thumb valve and is capable of producing all the notes in a more mechanical way,
although Horn players still use their fists inside the bell in the same way as their
Notable Horn works include Mozart's four and Strauss'
two Horn Concertos.