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If someone said, there’s unburied treasure in your back yard – why don’t you pick it up?

You’d say, “You mean buried treasure?”

“No, unburied. It’s not hidden. It’s right there. All you have to do is go pick it up.”

Would you do it?

Or would you think, “What’s the catch?”

No catch. You just have to stir yourself to pick up the treasure. It won’t walk to you.

Sound irresistible?

Let me be the first to brighten your day with some unburied treasures for horn: there are a number of dissertations and thesis available for free download online. Yes, free. All you have to do is go pick them up. Just click on the links below to be taken to the free treasures – information that these folks worked long and hard at to put together.

This list is taken from the UI Horn Studio web site (Resources>Dissertations).

There is more barely-buried treasure besides these: the IHS maintains a Thesis Library (coincidentally housed at the University of Iowa and administered by Kristin Thelander) of dissertations and theses. There are currently 154 and they may be checked out for 3 weeks by any member of the International Horn Society. Click here to see this list.

There is yet more slightly-more-buried treasure below this list, and that is a list of the dissertations not yet in the IHS Thesis Library. These volumes are available for free pdf download if you are a student or faculty at a university whose music library subscribes to ProQuest, and may be purchased by those who don’t have this connection.

In any case, there is a lot of treasure here in varying degress of unbury – aarh, me hearties! Let’s be plunderin’ such riches that are so obligin’ as to be there right in front of our very eyes for the takin’! (and don’t forget: Sept. 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day).

The List of free downloadable dissertations:

Armer, Shannon L., The Most Common Excerpts for the Horn: a Discussion Performance Practice, Masters Thesis, University of Pretoria, 2006

Garrett, Joshua, Brahms’ Horn Trio: Background and Analysis for Performers, DMA Juilliard, 1998

Johns, Kristen Michele. Original Compositions for Horn and Organ: Peformance Problems Unique to the Medium with Discussion of Selected solutions through Analysis of Representative Works, DMA, University of Cincinnati, 2006, 58 p.

Liu, Yi-Hsin, Cindy, The Examination of the Appearance and Use of French Horn in Film Scores from 1977 to 2004, DMA, University of Cincinnati, 2005, 83 p.

Rooney, Dianne Kimberly, Compositional Trends in Solo Horn Works Composed by Horn Performers (1970-2005): A Survey and Catalog, DMA Cincinnati Conservatory, 2008, 109 p.

Russell, Scott, The History and Pedagogy of Jacques-François Gallay’s Non-Measured Preludes for Horn, Op. 27, Nos. 21-40, DMA Ball State University, 2004, 194 p.

Seiffert, Stephen, Johannes Brahms and the French Horn, DMA University of Rochester, 1968, 209 p.

Smith, Nicholas, The Horn Mute: An Acoustical and Historical Study, University of Rochester, 1980.

Smith, Patrick Gregory, Julius Watkins and the Evolution of the Jazz French Horn Genre, PhD dissertation, University of Florida, 2005.

Wick, Heidi, Applying Natural Horn Technique to Modern Valved Horn Performance Practice, DMA Ohio State University 2001