If you studied with Joseph Meifred you would play a horn like this

Stoelzel Valve

Stoelzel Valve
Serial Number:
Date of Manufacture:
ca. 1840
D, Eb, E, F depending on crook
2 Stoelzel
11.14 mm.
Crook Socket
13.05 mm.
Bell Flare:
V-gusset with garland
Bell Throat:
approx. 9 cm.
Bell Diameter:
27.8 cm.
Base Metal:
Raw brass with painted bell
This horn is possibly by Guichard of Paris. A clavicor by Guichard with very similar chinoiserie bell design is found in the Musée de la Cité de la Musique, Paris. Another horn with a similar bell design is in the collection of Martin Prowse. Based upon similarities of workmanship to marked instruments, that horn as well as this one is also believed to be by Guichard.

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Pierre-Joseph-Émile Meifred
lithogr. de Magnier, d'après une oeuvre de Champagne

Pierre-Joseph-Émile Meifred
lithographie de David

Pierre-Joseph-Émile Meifred (1791-1867) was born in Colmars, France on November 22, 1791. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1815 at the age of 23, somewhat beyond the usual age of admittance and studied with Louis-François Dauprat. In 1818 he won the premier prix


Coar, Birchard. A Critical Study of the Nineteenth Century Horn Virtuosi in France Dekalb, Illinois: Birchard Coar, 1952.

Snedeker, Jeffery Leighton. Joseph Meifred's "Méthode pour le Cor Chromatique or à Pistons", and Early valved horn performances and pedagogy in nineteent-century France DMA Dissertaion. Madison: The University of Wisconsin, 1991


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