My original pattern series, "Baltimore Rhapsody," is continuing to grow (you can read the back story here). The French horn is my favorite brass instrument. My younger brother, Riley, played French horn and now my daughter does too. I never get tired of hearing her practice!
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Early "natural horns" had no valves. To slightly change pitches, the player would loosen or tighten his lips, or simply stuff his hand a little further into the bell of the instrument. In order to play in more than one key, the player had to stop and insert another "crook," which helped to make the tubing just enough longer or shorter to change all the pitches on the horn (the virtuoso of the time carried many with him). Later these inconvenient crooks were replaced with valves.
When the French horn started showing up in symphonies, the French people thought it originated from Germany and called it the German horn, and the German people thought it came from France and called it the French horn.
|French horn building...tubing and valves.|
The characteristic beautiful tone is still being employed by composers (lots of nice horn "licks" in the soundtracks of all the "Harry Potter" movies...).
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I am still working on the pattern printing. I hope to have the first dozen patterns available on my web site soon, either individually or in discounted bundles. I am now thinking about sashing for the first 16 blocks...traditional tiny sawtooth sashing or simple strips...hmmm...
Then, on to the borders!