Published in Jully  2010 by Phoenix Music Publications 

ISBN: 9055520616   ISBN13: 9789055520619 

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Usually advanced studies for French Horn tend to be too difficult. This is the first of 3  etude books for Horn on modes scales not very usual in horn studies, as well as some extended techniques and special effects. All this in easy to play studies where difficulties are not mixed, (if the study is dificult or even very difficult in some aspects, it will be simple on others) and above and of all its always present a great rhythmic component and a lot of fun.

Two years after the 1st publication, was released a 2nd edition of my 12 Jazzy Etudes for Horn. Including titles for each etude and some minor corrections. This option was taken because I've realised was not easy to identify each etude and might lead to confusion with the following volumes that will be launched soon (Example: 1st book of the 12, the 3rd book of the 10 etc....). So, each etude keeps the number, but now has also title:

This book was dedicated to the great horn player Arkady Shilkloper


This is one of the featured books at the Matosinhos' International Etudes Competition 2013



“ "12 Etudes" by Ricardo Matosinhos fill a gap in the horn etude repertoire that has long needed attention. Complex rhythms have seldom received the attention that pitch has in the repertoire, but these etudes provide the player with many rhythmic problems that an advanced player needs to master to be ready for contemporary repertoire, including odd meters, unusual note values, metric modulation, syncopation, displaced rhythms, unusual subdivisions, and extremes of tempo. But rhythm is not all that is addressed in these etudes. Matosinhos also touches on quarter tones, trills, ghost notes, low register, extreme leaps, atonal writing, glissando, stopped notes, and transposition. The etudes are compact studies of most of the difficulties one might encounter in contemporary writing. There is nothing else like them on the market, making them a must-buy for the advanced horn player.“

–Dr. Jeffrey Agrell, Professor of Horn, The University of Iowa, USA


"On his website,, the composer says, "Usually advanced studies for French Horn tend to be too difficult. This is the first of three etude books for Horn on modal scales not very usual in horn studies, as well as some extended techniques and special effects." Further, in the Preface, Matosinhos adds, "In these etudes I used different scales and modes with some extended techniques, but always in an easy and funny way; if an etude is difficult or even very difficult in one aspect, it will be easy or even very easy in others." It is not surprising that these etudes are dedicated to Arkady Shilkloper. They are designed, however, not to practice jazz but to become more familiar with jazzy harmonies and rhythms, as well as Arkady-inspired extended techniques.


Over the course of these twelve etudes, players will encounter rhythmic challenges, less familiar scales and modes, quarter-tones, stopped technique, multiphonics, and a variety of interval combinations that make them seem really difficult at first. In his introductory notes, the author describes these challenges individually, along with a Glossary of notations. He also describes the aspects in each etude that are "easy and even very easy;" for example, using a limited range of notes or how some etudes can be played entirely with only two fingerings... and it's true! Even advanced players will have to be patient as they negotiate these etudes, but I like not only the range of challenges but also the problem-solving skills they encourage. There are some jazzy elements, particularly in some of the scales and modes chosen, but the challenges apply to all styles of music. To legitimize his goals, Matosinhos has posted a few video examples on Youtube, linked from his website - they are possible! The inspirations from Arkady in these etudes are easy to hear, and fun to work on, whether studied systematically or individually"

–Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Music and Book Reviews,
“The Horn Call”, Journal of the International Horn Society, May 2012, Vol XLII, No3


- Click here for Dr. James Boldin's review at

- Click here for Dr. John Ericson's review at


12 Jazzy Etudes fir Horn, Nr.12 - Ricardo Matosinhos
(Live Recording in 2010 at FEUP, Oporto, Portugal)


12 Jazzy Etudes fir Horn, Nr.10 - Ricardo Matosinhos
(Live Recording in 2010 at Břevnov Monastery in Prague)