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Horn Transposition Reference Chart

KEY INTERVAL* OCCURRENCE EXAMPLE*

Horn in C (alto) up P5 Rare

Horn in B-flat (alto) up P4 Less Common

Horn in A (alto)
up M3 Less Common
A German; La - French, Italian

Horn in G
up M2 Less Common
G German; Sol French, Italian

Horn in F-sharp
Fis German; fa dise French; up m2 Extremely Rare
Fa diesis Italian

Horn in E
down m2 Common
E German; Mi - French

Horn in E-flat
Es German; Mi bmol French; down M2 Common
Mi bemolle Italian

Horn in D
down m3 Common
D German; Re - French, Italian

Horn in D-flat Very Rare (symphonic)


Des German; Re bmol French; down M3 Rare (operatic)
Re bemolle Italian

Horn in C
C German; Ut French; down P4 Fairly Common
Do Italian

Horn in B-natural
H German; Si French; down TT Rare
Si basso Italian

Horn in B-flat (basso)


B German; Si bmol French; down P5 Fairly Common
Si bemolle Italian

Horn in A (basso)
Very Rare (symphonic)
A German; La French; down m6 Common (operatic)
La basso Italian

Horn in A-flat (basso) Very Rare (symphonic)


As German; La bmol French; down M6 Common (operatic)
La bemolle basso Italian

* Based on a valved horn pitched in F.

French horn transposition chart


Bruce Hembd, hornmatters.com