Eric August Hauser was a prominent horn player, composer, and arranger in New York City in
the first half of the twentieth century. He was born on June 20, 1891 in New York to
Carl and Vonie Hauser. Carl was a music teacher, giving young Eric an early start on his
career. He was a member of the Goldman Band and played in New York theaters including the
famous Ziegfield Follies. He was also a member of the New York Symphony Orchestra under
Walter Damrosch, where he was second horn to Josef Franzl.
During the Great Depression he was employed by he Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)
and later was a frequent performer at Chautauqua, New York. Eric Hauser passed away in
Mr. Hauser was also a composer of the still popular elementary horn method book, Foundation to Playing the French Horn, published by Carl Fischer, Inc. in 1927. He also made several solo arrangements for horn, among them (all published by Carl Fischer, Inc.):
"Ave Maria Meditations on the First Prelude of J. S. Bach" by Charles GounodIn the photo at the right Mr. Hauser is seen in a recording or broadcast studio with Miss Ellen Stone. His horn is a single B-flat with F extension. The photo below was taken at Chautauqua, New York in 1939. In the horn quartet, Mr. Hauser is standing on the left with Josef Franzl and two unidentified colleagues to his left.
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The cover of Mr. Hauser's Foundation to French Horn Playing, an Elementary Method with an inscription to his own teacher, Josef Franzl. Spot that plug: Mr. Hauser is shown holding a C.F. Schmidt double horn. Coincidentally Mr. Hauser's music publisher, Carl Fischer, Inc., was also officially the sole importer of C.F. Schmidt instruments to the United States. In the pages shown below Mr. Hauser (sans moustache) was his own model demonstrating the correct manner to play the horn.
The photos on this page are from the personal collection of Mr. Josef Franzl. Special thanks to Bill Tyler for providing the sheet music by Eric Hauser.
New York City Births, 1891-1902
Social Security Administration Death Index
Twelfth Census of the United States: 1900
Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920
Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930
Selective Service Registration Cards, WW-I, WW-II