During the Romantic era lyricism became the core of music performance: the music is considered as one single continuous and everlasting sentimental line.
For the horn all this translates into pure musical poetry. 'Le cor est un instrument essentiellement poétique' F.A. Gevaert stated in his 1885 instrumentation method,. Brahms refers to the 'poetry of the horn' when asking performers to perform his Trio Opus 40 on the natural horn only.
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