French Horn range off by a fifth
- I noticed, in writing a score today, that a French Horn part that went up to G-flat at the top of the treble clef was being flagged as beyond the range of the instrument. From my experience as a middling French Horn player back in university days, I can assure you that G-flat is well within the capabilities of any horn player to reach.
- I looked at the instruments.xlm file, and noticed that the range of the instrument appears to have been entered a fifth too low (in other words, the transposition of the horn wasn't taken into account). Thus the lowest achievable note is listed as an octave below the bottom F on the bass clef, which would stop the heart of any French Horn player. It's definitely in the tuba range.
- The correction (if I'm understanding the syntax of instruments.xml) is to number the PitchRanges this way, in the instrument listed simply as "Horn":
- That raises all the limits by a perfect 5th.