Max Pottag

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Max P. Pottag (born June 22, 1876 in Forst; † November 22, 1970 in Indianapolis ) was a German horn player who worked in the United States.

Pottag studied with Friedrich Gumpert at the Leipzig Conservatory .

He began his career as a solo horn player with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra . He emigrated to the USA and became a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1907 , where he was second horn player for 37 years and third horn player for three years.

Pottag also worked as a teacher and published numerous didactic works such as schools, etudes and arrangements for horn ensemble.

He was a co-founder of the International Horn Society and an honorary member of that society.


  • Method for French Horn. Belwin Publisher.
  • Daily Exercises
  • with Albert Andraud. 212 Selected melodious progressive and technical studies. Cincinnati: 1943.
  • with Albert Andraud: 335 Selected melodious progressive and technical studies. San Antonio: Southern, 1958
  • French Horn Passages. 3 booklets. New York: Belwin. 1943-1945.
  • French Horn Duets (with duets by Mozart, Schubert, Weber, Franz, Henning and others) - 2 volumes.
  • (arr.): In The Country ("Miniature Selection", with: Kreutzer: Schäfer's Sunday Song - Abbot: Evening Bells - Chicks: The Hunter) - for horn quartet
  • Instrumental Methods / Supplements. 52 pages. Warner Brothers.
  • Instrumental Methods / Supplements. 40 pages. Warner Brothers. (contains pieces by Josef Schantl )
  • Three Volumes of Orchestral Excerpt Books
  • Arrangements for Horn and Horn Ensemble
  • Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work for French Horn. 4 booklets. New York: Boosey & Hawkes, 1941.