horn / brass teaching and publications
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horn study publications
brass quintet repertoire
horn quartet arrangements
Lee's French horn lineage
listen to solo repertoire recordings and
watch videos of performances as 1st horn, SSO
Lee as endorsing artist for the Conn model 8D French Horn (Conn-Selmer website)
Lee Bracegirdle has more than 3 decades' experience as a principal hornist in orchestras in America, Europe, and Australia (refer to resumé). He is credited with introducing both the Anton Horner school of horn playing and the exercises of Carmine Caruso into Australia. The professors with whom he studied were James Chambers, John Cerminaro, Joseph DeAngelis and Ranier DeIntinis, all direct descendants of the Anton Horner and hence Friedrich Gumpert schools (see photos below). He also studied privately with Carmine Caruso and Roy Stevens, the two most sought-after brass embouchure clinicians in New York during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He has given master classes at the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Salzburg Mozarteum, University of Illinois, the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago, Cuba. His horn students hold positions in orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. He is presently horn tutor at St Andrew's Cathedral School and The King's School.
His volume of clinical embouchure developlment exercises Practical Exercises for Horn (Praktische Übungen für Horn, see editorial review below) is used by horn professors world-wide, and can be obtained directly from the publisher:
3-C Musikverlag & Notengrafik in Bochum,
Germany can provide these as an e-file or
as a hard copy. To order yours, contact publisher Christoph
Schieri at chrischieri.3Cmusik@t-online.de
As well as these studies for horn, 3-C also publishes some of Mr. Bracegirdle's brass quintet material. This repertoire includes 2 volumes of Christmas "carol" music European Christmas, and his arrangement of William Brade's 2 Pieces. These arrangements can also be purchased from Blechbläser Sortiment Köbl in München
Attention, "English" brass players:
"European Christmas" is now also available in "English" brass format (Trumpets in Bb / Horn in Eb / Baritone Horn (or Trombone) in Bb / Tuba in Eb).
"The Horn Call" (February 2001) issued the following reviews about these publications:
"These exercises offer the moderately-advanced hornist means of improving overall technique and range through relatively brief exercises. All of the exercises are interesting, and some are challenging even to the advanced player. [Mr. Bracegirdle] should be applauded!"
"highly recommended as fine 'gig' material for the holiday season!"
Horn players around the world will be acquainted with his jazz horn quartet arrangements of Beatles songs Eleanor Rigby, The Fool on the Hill and Penny Lane. The printed music for these is available directly from Mr. Bracegirdle only. To arrange for your copy, contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Horn Quartet recorded his Eleanor Rigby arrangement for their 2014 En-Cor CD, which can be purchased here at iTunes and here at Amazon.com.
|L.B.'s master class at the Curtis Institute,
Philadelphia, April 2006 - L. to R:
Ryan Steward, Clark Matthews, Prof. Jerome Ashby,
Joseph Assi, L.B., Todor Popstoyanov
|with his horn students at St Andrew's Cathedral School (Sydney)
and former St Andrew's student Barry Tuckwell.
L to R: Head of Music Department Christine Belshaw,
Matthew Smolonogov, William Gammel, Lachlan Lonergan,
Mr. Tuckwell, L.B., Rohan Grey (November 2007)
|horn students at
St Andrew's 2008:
|L.B. directs the
Illinois Honors Horn Choir workshop,
|with the I. H. H. C.
and U. of I. horn professor
|as Horn tutor for the SSO's "Playerlink"
program, Goulburn, NSW - August 2006
|training a new generation at the
Schillerschule: Hof, Germany, 1980
|with his students at their November 2013 soirée,
St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney
|"the long and short of it"
with his tallest and smallest
students in 2013; Billy Nicolson
and Brandon Chung
|with 2 of his students from
The King's School:
Mikey Lee and Lawrence Wei
at the premiere of his Violin
Concerto, May 2015
|November 2014 master class, Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba|
|December 2017 masterclass at the Escuela Profesional de Artes, Matanzas, Cuba|
L.B.'s horn teacher
(photo ca. 1955)
|2 generations of masters:
with his teacher: Anton Horner
|the legend, Anton Horner
late in his career in the
"Festival of the