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Historic Winds III

Quick Overview


For Historic Winds III the Vienna team captured a natural horn with ten different tuning slides (B basso, B alto, C basso, C alto, D, Eb, E, F, G, A) for utmost flexibility. The soloist was Marcus Schmidinger who performed all of the horn instruments in Vienna’s Brass I and Brass II Collections and also contributed to the Dimension Brass series. Apart from basic articulations and Performance Elements this Collection also provides fast interval performances in legato and marcato styles, performance trills, arpeggios (major, minor, and diminished in legato and staccato) as well as ornamental mordents.


Details

The natural horn is the predecessor to the modern French horn and has neither finger holes nor valves. As a result, only natural tones according to the harmonic series can be produced by adjusting the embouchure and changing lip-tension. What’s more, the technique of stopping – the left hand is inserted in various depths and angles into the bell – allows for fine tuning the off-pitch tones and even producing chromatic notes that are not part of the harmonic series. In order to play (harmonic) scales in differing keys, various slides have to be used. Early composers had to provide sufficient time for changing and inserting an assortment of tuning slides into the instruments when scales and keys changed in the music. So by the end of the 19th century, as music became increasingly chromatic, the natural horn was replaced by more advanced valved instruments. The natural horn imposes considerable demands on the player, especially when compared to the modern French horn, but the extra effort is rewarded by a unique and particularly noble sound. As a user of Historic Winds III, you’ll reap the benefits of the natural horn’s confident tone, without having to worry about the challenges of performance.

For Historic Winds III the Vienna team captured a natural horn with ten different tuning slides (B basso, B alto, C basso, C alto, D, Eb, E, F, G, A) for utmost flexibility. The soloist was Marcus Schmidinger who performed all of the horn instruments in Vienna’s Brass I and Brass II Collections and also contributed to the Dimension Brass series. Apart from basic articulations and Performance Elements this Collection also provides fast interval performances in legato and marcato styles, performance trills, arpeggios (major, minor, and diminished in legato and staccato) as well as ornamental mordents.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 8 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • 13 GB available hard drive space

ARTICULATION GROUP

ARTICULATIONS

01 Natural Horn C Alto

Staccato, portato
Sustained
Legato
Fortepiano, sforzato, sforzatissimo
Crescendo and diminuendo, 2/3/4 sec.
Repetition performances legato, portato, staccato, normal and crescendo
Fast repetitions, 140–180, and 200 BPM
Flutter tonguing, normal and crescendo