Mozart – French Horn Concerto No.3

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K447. Mozart’s French horn concerto No. 3 (Movement 2)

Using the score given to you – analyse and answer the following score reading questions:

1.Using the score, identify the concert key signature of this piece (be careful which line of the score you look at) – quote from the score.

  1. Using your knowledge of the period and the concerto – suggest the speed and tempo of this movement.
  2. Identify the main motif in this movement , also acknowledging the concept of pitch – just give reference to bar numbers.
  3. At bar 49 there is a dynamic and expressive marking in all instruments. Identify the feature.
  4. At bar 77 there is a pizz. marking – what is this feature. How does this affect the score.
  5. In bar 77 there is also a change in clef. Identify the new clef.
  6. Identify the final cadence, giving reference to the score.
  7. There is a change in pitch at bar 36 – what is it and what is it in relation to the original key?
  8. During bars 71-79, discuss the textural arrangement.
  9. Composing for your instrument, TRANSPOSE the main motif for your instrument, keeping in mind the limitations of range.

  K447. Mozart’s French horn concerto No. 3 (Movement 1)


This concerto has a double exposition with the soloist entering after the first exposition, adding additional ornamentation and decoration to the music already heard. 

Listening to the above excerpts – analyse and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.    Listen to the first exposition of the first movement of this concerto. Discuss the texture within this excerpt.
  2. 2.   Now listen to the second exposition with the solo instrument added. What is the difference between the first and second exposition? *Use the concepts of music to help you.*
  3. 3.   Listen to the cadenza from the first movement of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3. On manuscript paper below. Notice how the excerpt begins with an orchestral crescendo ending on a chord. Also notice at the end of the cadenza the horn player delivers a trill before beginning the ending of the movement (coda) with the orchestra. Write out a 4 bar cadenza, featuring the same melodic ideas as heard in this playing’s cadenza.
  4. 4.   Listen to the coda, the ending of the movement. Discuss the concept of pitch. *Note the final cadence* 

K447. Mozart’s French horn concerto No. 3 (Movement 3)

Attached is the Arrangement PDF for Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Alto Saxophone, French Horn and Piano. 


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