Horn in Ensemble
- On Picasso, (4 horns) - Brett Miller. Explores the themes and styles of the works of Pablo Picasso over the course of his varied and illustrious career as one of the Twentieth Century's most important visual artists. The work is in three movements, each of which is inspired by a single work. "La Vie" (1903, oil on canvas) is a seminal work from the BluePeriod; "Le pigeon aux petits pois" (1911, oil on canvas) was painted at the height of Picasso's Cubist period; and "La Ronde de la Jeunesse" (1959/1961, lithographs after color drawings) are gesture drawings in color representing the lively later works. The movements progress from inward to outward, like Picasso's works and life, with moods that begin as introspective and darkly brooding, becoming charming and eccentric, and finally blossoming into lines and colors that are lively, joyous, and hopeful.
- Next Door to Purple (horn with string quartet) - by Brett Miller. Next door to Purple Employs the somewhat under-utilized chamber ensemble of horn and string quartet in the setting of personal interactions. The piece has a 3-part structure that develops a dialogue which starts out well (”Pleasantries”), devolves (”Quarrel”), and resolves to a stable, but possibly unsatisfying conclusion (”Status Quo”). Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- Canto Serioso (arr. horn with string quartet) - Carl Nielsen, widely regarded as Denmark’s most reowned composer, wrote this short piece in 1913 as an audition piece for low horn with piano accompaniment. It’s merit as a solo piece was evident, and the potential as a transcription piece for cello was soon thereafter realized by the composer. Only three minutes or so, the piece has echoes of both German Romantic stylings from Nielsen’s early career as well as the strong Danish folk song tradition he came to embrace in his later writings. Tempi are varied and lend themselves to wide interpretation. The duration of the work makes it quite programmable as a prelude to a longer work, or as an interlude in a longer program of shorter works. Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- Amazing Grace (6 horns) - arr. Jason Wyse. Rich, with a slightly contemporary feel.Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- Beneath the Cross (5 horns) - arr. Jason Wyse. A very nice arrangement of the popular hymn
- Thy Hand Hath Provided - (8 horns) - arr. Jason Wyse. Contemporary, upbeat, and fun hymn medley, including versions of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" by William M. Runyan, "Blessed Assurance" by Phoebe Palmer Knapp, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by Martin Luther, and "It is Well with My Soul" by Philip Paul Bliss. Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY