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New Wine in an Old Bottle

Mark Papworth, natural horn, and Amanda Millar, piano and cello, present New Wine in an Old Bottle, a CD of new works for natural horn by Australian composer Thomas McConochie. These sonatas are written in a neo-classical style that harks back to the golden era of the pre-valve natural horn during the time of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

The natural horn descended from the hunting horn and was the direct predecessor to the modern day French Horn. The hunting horn found its way into the orchestra during the baroque period, and around the 1740s horn players began to experiment with using their hand in the bell to obtain all the notes of the scale. This led to a codified system during the classical period and was the instrument Mozart wrote all his horn concerti for.

After valves were invented in the 1820s, the natural horn gradually faded out over the next 60 years. With the renewed interest in historical performance practice techniques, the natural horn has been “rediscovered” and more and more horn players are beginning to learn the old techniques.

Modern day composers have also begun to appreciate the possibilities associated with writing for the natural horn, and there is a growing interest in writing new works for it. Thomas McConochie is one such composer that has a strong interest in composing for the natural horn. This is a CD of new works that have been specifically written for the natural horn.


Mark Papworth

Melbourne tram driver Mark Papworth is a highly accomplished musician who studied in Melbourne, Perth and the United States, is at home on very different types of French horn: baroque, natural and modern.

Amanda Millar

Amanda Millar is a versatile and passionate performer and educator of piano, cello and voice, based in Melbourne.  A keen accompanist from early on, she collaborates with numerous instrumental and vocal soloists across Melbourne.

Track Listing

    Sonata No.1 in F for Natural Horn and Fortepiano, Op.14: TWV 66 Thomas McConochie

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante (with Oom-Pah Section)
  3. Sonata-Rondo
  4. Horn Sonatina No. 5 in C Minor, Op.16: No. 3, TWV 71 "A Little Bit of Sturm and Drang" Thomas McConochie

  5. Presto 1
  6. Adagio
  7. Presto 2
  8. Sonata for Natural Horn and Cello in D Major, Op. 22, TWV 74 Thomas McConochie

  9. Allegro
  10. Recitative and Aria
  11. Rondo
  12. Sonata No.2 (in E-Flat) for Natural Horn and Fortepiano, Op.15, TWV 67 Thomas McConochie

  13. Allegro
  14. Andante con moto (Romanza)
  15. Maestoso (Theme and Variations)



Thomas McConochie

Thomas McConchie composes music in styles ranging from modern classical, to jazz, and world music. Elements of classicism such as balance, symmetry, restraint, clear and elegant development of musical ideas, etc., are present in much of Thomas’ music, including his Balinese music.

Where to buy

New Wine in an Old Bottle is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

New Wine in an Old Bottle is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
September 2022
© 2022 Mark Papworth
℗ 2022 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 632
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574063226