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Collection name Friedrich Adolph Borsdorf (1854-1923)
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Description Borsdorf was one of the outstanding horn players of his time. He played principal horn in Sir Henry Wood's Queen's Hall Orchestra and was one of the founder members of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was professor of horn at the Royal College of Music from 1882 until his death, and at the Royal Academy of Music from 1897 until his death. He revolutionised horn teaching in England and included Alfred and Aubrey Brain among his pupils. Borsdorf's horn was originally a valveless cor solo by made by Raoux. The valvework was added later in the 19th century to bring the instrument up to date. It has the owner's mark of Giovanni Puzzi (1792-1876), who was the leading horn player in London between 1817 and 1836. On display is Borsdorf's horn by Raoux of Paris, 1821

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Associated Content England Nineteenth century Twentieth century Performer French horn Western Classical
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Royal Academy of Music Museum

Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT Open Map
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Collections Overview The Museum displays materials from the Academy's world-renowned collection of instruments, musical memorabilia and original manuscripts. The galleries host regular events including performances and demonstrations on some of the instruments on display. Particular highlights include a unique collection of stringed instruments by the greatest Italian makers, a history of the English piano and many items from the working collections of eminent musicians and from the history of the Academy. Display Overview: The collections are displayed in a series of galleries on three floors at the Royal Academy of Music. The instrument custodian's workshop can be seen through a glass screen on the stringed instrument floor. The collection includes a range of musical instruments, including working and lending collections. There is a unique collection of Cremonese stringed instruments, as well as an entire floor of English pianos tracing technical developments during the first half of the 19th century.
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