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Natural Horn
Carpentier à Hondschoote (F), ca 1830

This “French-Flemish” natural horn from around 1830 is a developped version of the cor d’orchestre as built in the Parisian workshops of the time (M.A. Raoux, Courtois). The large bell flare increases the possibility of making stopped notes sound even, the thick brass used for the bell increases the projection of sound. This horn was used for projects including romantic repertoire, as Beethoven 3 with les Musiciens du Louvre, Ravel (e.g. Pavane) with Anima Eterna, Schumann with l’orchestre des Champs Elysées and several recitals.