This site was created as part of an independent study project by Kayla Nelson while pursuing a Master's degree in horn performance at Western Michigan University under the supervision of Dr. Lin Foulk.  All artwork on the site is by Traci Nelson.

While there are several superb sources of information about the history of the horn, to the present author's  knowledge there is no source that attempts to summarize the horn's history in the concise, chronological fashion of a timeline. This site attempts to fill that gap.  The author has scoured available horn history scholarship, recorded all relevant dated information and organized this information in a timeline format.  The site's main page features a comprehensive timeline of all information.  Other pages are devoted to more specific areas (i.e. the "Instrument Development" page only includes information about the various changes and physical development of the horn). Source information is indicated parenthetically with an abbreviated code and page number.  Source code information is indicated parenthetically after individual sources on the Sources page. Source information is not indicated for all repertoire information, unless a noteworthy comment on the particular piece is made. 

An accurate study of the history of the horn, like any historical study, can never be complete through the mere knowledge of important dates.  The development of the instrument and its technique did not occur in instant and sudden shifts.  To summarize the transition from hand horn to valve horn by pointing to the date of the valve's invention or the date of the first compositions for the valved instrument, for example, would be a ridiculous and ultimately inaccurate oversimplification of a complex subject. In some cases, dated information is not extant, but many of the important events in the horn's history could never have been pinned to any specific date. Anyone interested in the history (and the future) of the horn and horn playing should turn to the many excellent sources available.  Particularly recommended are the monographs by Morley-Pegge and Fitzpatrick and the various articles by John Ericson and others in publications like the Horn Call.  A timeline of important events can, however, shed much light on the history of any subject. With this in mind, it is the author's hope that hornhistory.com will prove to be a useful starting point for gaining an understanding and appreciation of the horn's history.

Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome and may be sent to kayla@hornhistory.com.