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Jacques-François Gallay's
Grand music for horns volume 1

Grand Quartet, op. 26 & Grand trios, op. 24

Grand Quartet, op. 26
Grand Trio No. 1, Op. 24: 1
Grand Trio No. 2, Op. 24: 2
Grand Trio No. 3, Op. 24: 3

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Richard Burdick’s two CD’s released as C30 & CD31 are both of music which Gallay used the term “Grand” in the title. These hark back to the terrific music of his teacher:       Dauprat with his very popular grand sextet.

These CD’s are recorded on natural horn, most in Eb with the tuning pitch center @ A = 432

Jacques-François Gallay was born in 1795 in Perpignan, France, where he received his earliest horn instruction from his father. At the age of 25, he was admitted to Dauprat’s horn class despite the fact that he was above the normal age for admission. He won a premier prix after his first year of study, and was soon performing regularly in professional Parisian ensembles.

During the classical period in music, horn players were trained either as high players or low players. Gallay was, by nature, a cor alto (high player), but many of his exercises and solo pieces are written in the relatively narrow range of the cor mixte (a middle range playing style). He is considered by some to be the “last great hand horn virtuoso in France,” but he received mix criticism such as:“he went up like an angel, but could not go down”. The only adverse criticism of Gallay’s playing which appeared justified was in regard to the limited range which he used on the horn. He seemed to wish, like Frédéric Duvernoy, to circumscribe himself within the limits of the Cor mixte, resulting in a certain monotony that the greatest perfection of detail could not obliterate.

Gallay was appointed to the Paris Conservatoire to succeed his teacher, Dauprat, as professor of hand horn. His Préludes mesurés et non-mesurés, Op. 27, had appeared only a few years before this appointment. Approximately three years later, in 1845, he produced his Méthode pour le Cor, the last major natural horn tutor.

Gallay died October 18, 1864 while still engaged in his position at the Conservatoire. It was not until 1903 that the valve horn became the officially recognized horn at the Paris Conservatoire and many authors attribute the remarkable delay in its acceptance to Gallay and his excellent hand horn playing and teaChing.

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CD42 I sound My Horn

CD42 cover-88CD42
Music of
B. Heiden and Burdick


CD41 American Horn Music vol. 2

Burdick's CD41Music by:
R. Burdick
J. Graas, R. Johnson
J. Ott, A. M. Ingalis
A. D. Schmutz, T. Strong

CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5

Burdick's CD40Retrospective II
Horn Quartets:
No. 1, Op. 39,
No. 2, Op. 51,
 No. 3, Op. 136,
  No. 4, Op. 149,
                       No. 5, Op. 154

CD39 Bach by Popular Demand

CD39 A sequel toCD39 cover-88
R. Burdick's
Easter Oratorio CD and his Favorites CD Bach Cantatas, 26, 84 & 99

CD38 Matthew Locke:
Broken & Flatte Consorts

CD38 Richard Burdick performs trios from the late renaissance: CD 38 Locke-Brokenall 6 Broken Consort Suites and both Flatte Consort suites - 36 track of Christmas like music.

CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

CD37 Richard Burdick's compositions:
Earth & Moon, Op. 202
Polar Flux, Op. 204 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick

A multi-track recording of Mr. Burdick:
A microtonal duet (Op. 204) & quartet (Op. 202)

64 tones per octave.

CD36 Classical Natural Horn
Music By Duvernoy & Schneider

CD36 Classical Natural Horn
Music By Duvernoy & Schneider

CD36 Natural horn Burdick Beautiful authentic practice classical era natural horn music, for horn trio and duo.

A very popular style of music in Beethoven's lifetime.

CD35 Twenty-Two Trios
for Horns

CD35 Twenty-two Trios
fCD35or Horn, Op. 156

Nothing else like it for horn ensemble! These trios are full of memorable tunes interwoven in fascinating ways, with wonderful twists and turns.

CD34 Natural Horn Music FOUND

Thanks to IMSLP a number of works have come to my attention from moderately obscure CD34composers, which I'm happy to present here performed on the Natural horn. Nineteenth Century composers Du Puy, Comte de Champigny, Alexandre Javault, Johann Peter Heuschekel. Released February 2013.

CD32 American Horn Music
American Horn Music
of the 40's & 50's


“This CD proves that what may have sounded weird sixty years ago now sounds normal and often beautiful.”

There are many lesser-known 20th century composers, who have great worth!

Let’s not forget the music of:
Wendell Otey
Alan Hovhaness
Henry Cowell
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Gunther Schuller.