Methods & Etudes
- Concert Etudes for Horn, by Brett Miller - These new studies are designed to focus on particularly demanding technical or musical challenges that horn players encounter in preparing certain orchestral works for performance or audition. Each etude is composed in a manner that is stylistically coherent with the writings of the composer, yet pushes the technical envelope far past the excerpt upon which it is based. They are designed to emphasize and improve articulation, dynamic control, transposition, lyricism, and pure finger technique inherent in each symphonic excerpt.
- 15 Studies on Works of Johannes Brahms - Includes studies based on excerpts from Symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, and 4, Academic Festival Overture, Piano Concerto No 2, Serenade No. 1, and Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano.
- 14 Studies on Works of Richard Strauss - Includes studies based on excerpts from Don Juan, Sinfonia Domestica, Salome's Dance, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Don Quixote, Death and Transfiguration, Ein Heldenleben, Concerto No. 1, Concerto, No. 2, and Alpine Symphony.
- 16 Studies on Works of Gustav Mahler - Includes studies based on excerpts from Symphony Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 9.
- 21 Studies on Works of Russian Masters - Includes studies based on excerpts from Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4, Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia, Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich - Cello Concerto, Stravinsky - Firebird, Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5, Rachmaninov - Concerto for Piano No. 2, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, Stravinsky - Petrushka, Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2, and Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6.
- 21 Studies on Works of Classical Masters - Includes studies based on excerpts from The Barber of Seville, Rossini - Semiramide Overture, Rossini - William Tell Overture, Rossini - Symphony No. 1, Weber - Serenade in C minor, K. 388, Mozart - Serenade in Eb, K. 375, Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Mozart - Mass in C Major, K 317 "Coronation": Benedictus, Mozart - Divertimento, K. 251, Mozart - The Seasons: 10, Arie und Recitativ, Haydn - Symphony No. 29, K. 201, Mozart - Symphony No. 31, Haydn - Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, Beethoven - Concerto for Violin, Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, Beethoven - The Creation: 30 Duett, Haydn - Symphony No. 40, K. 550, Mozart - Symphony No 7, Beethoven - Fidelio Overture, Beethoven.
- Horn Excerpt Boot Camp, by Daniel Grabois is a comprehensive approach to study and practice of the most difficult and most asked-for excerpts in the orchestral repertoire for horn auditions. Every aspect of preparation is addressed. Volume 1 covers the “Top Ten” excerpts that appear on almost every orchestra audition list: Beethoven Symphonies No. 3,7, and 9; Brahms Symphonies No. 1, 2, and 3; Shostakovich Symphony No. 5; Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Til Eulenspiegel; Wagner Short Call from Götterdämmerung.
- Twenty Difficult Etudes for the Horn's Middle Register, by Daniel Grabois. Twenty Difficult Etudes for the Horn's Middle Register are designed for players of all levels, especially advanced players, to solidify their tone and singing approach in the middle register. In these twenty etudes, you will find awkward leaps through uncomfortable register changes, annoyingly sudden dynamic changes, legato lines through the mushiest ranges, trills and tremolos, aggressively loud passages where the instrument fights back, and much more to challenge and extend your skills and musicianship.
- Quarter Tone Manual, by Daniel Grabois. A method for notating and performing quarter tones for horn.
- A Door Into The Dark.. (low horn and piano) - by Peter Askim. Commissioned by Denise Tryon, and based on the poem "The Forge" by Seamus Heany. This piece explores both the literal depictions of metalworking and the metaphorical allusions to the creative process in the poem. The image is of the blacksmith at the forge: struggling to coax great beauty out of a piece of metal, using nothing but his hands, his hammers and great blasts of air from the bellows.
- A Garden Path - (horn and piano) - by Mark Richardson. Contemporary and contemplative, yet very accessible and programmable. Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- America! - (horn solo) - arr. Brett Miller. Brett Miller's arrangement of several well-known and loved patriotic tunes, fashioned into a two-minute spectacular solo horn showpiece. Paul Basler writes in a review for The Horn Call, "For those of you out there who have always wanted a patriotic solo horn encore/showpiece, well, Brett has more than delivered in his America! for solo horn. This over-the-top two minute, horn-jock extravaganza is sure to delight and impress any audience." Featuring quotes from several tunes, some styled in the manner of well-known horn excerpts, and a wide range, this piece gives the soloist the chance to delight and thrill the audience.
- Antilogy (horn solo) - by Daniel Grabois. '“Antilogy” - An analogy finds the likeness between two things or activities that might not seem alike. An antilogy (think anti-analogy) finds the difference between two things or activities: this thing over here functions in a way that is different from that thing over there. “Antilogy” is a great word that I had never heard or read until I started looking for a title for this piece. It seemed appropriate for a piece that kept bouncing from one state (fast and rambunctious) to a different one (calm and peaceful)." - DG
- Brahms - Six Songs (horn and piano) - arr. Martin Hackleman. - Six of Brahms's most beautiful and lyrical songs, artfully arranged and presented by one of the great horn players of our time, Marty Hackleman.
- Hunting Songs (horn and piano) - by Brett Miller. - Commissioned by Denise Tryon of the Philadelphia Orchestra horn section for a low horn project, this work is a very accessible and programmable piece for low horn and piano. Evocative of three hunters on the prowl, The Crow, The Owl, and The Falcon.
- Irremediable Breakdown (horn and piano) - by Nathan Pawelek. - Commissioned by Denise Tryon of the Philadelphia Orchestra horn section for a low horn project, this is a moderately long and challenging work with contemporary flavor, programmatic in its evocation of a failing relationship. Circa 12 minutes of performance.
- Ives - Five Songs (horn and piano) - arr. Ian Zook. Five of Charles Ives's songs arranged for horn and piano. Reviewed quite favorably in the February, 2014 edition of The Horn Call. Editor Jeffrey Snedeker even gives a nod to our "attractive and well-presented" edition! Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- River Melos, by Andrea Clearfield. Commissioned by Denise Tryon. The work takes its inspiration from the beautiful Roaring Fork River in Aspen, Colorado. The river changes size and energy, from powerful white waters into peaceful streams and deep pools, through canyons and into lakes. In River Melos, a melody winds through the smooth and rocky places, like the river, like our lives, eventually finding a spacious resting place.
- Tanguito, for horn alone, by Dante Yenque. Tanguito, for horn alone, is a low horn showpiece. It features the moods and modes of the tango, with the solo instrument providing a driving and measured rhythmic accompaniment in between turns on a traditional melodic tango figure. The mood shifts from a steady pace to a swirling trio section in a rapid arpeggiation highly suggestive of a vigorous and synchronous dancing duo. At just under 4 minutes, the piece is quite programmable in almost any recital or concert where a low-horn piece is welcome. Tanguito was recorded by Denise Tryon on her album “So-Low”, a compendium of pieces written for the horn’s low register.
- The Spikenard (horn solo) - by Daniel Grabois. "“Spikenard is the name of a species of plant whose aromatic roots were used by the ancient Egyptians as an ingredient in perfume. The title ‘The Spikenard’ refers to the Middle Eastern flavor of the piece (especially the two chant-like sections), but mostly it is just a great word." - DG
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.
- Blue Ridge Courtship (horn and violoncello) - by Daniel Grabois. ”Blue Ridge Courtship was written in 2006 to celebrate the wedding of my Uncle Tony and his new wife Kim. I played the piece with my brother (a professional cellist) at the wedding. The opening section should be played with long, lyrical lines. The con moto section can move just a little, and the style becomes punchier. The Exuberant section should express all the joy of a wedding in progress. In the mixed meter sections, the value of the sixteenth note remains constant.” - DG
- The Ballad of Annabel Lee (two horns, baritone voice, and piano) - by Kerry Turner. "Annabel Lee" was Edgar Allan Poe's last complete poem, written in May, 1849 and published posthumously. It tells the story of a narrator whose love is so strong for Annabel Lee that the angels are made jealous. Her life is taken by a deadly cold wind, and her body is kept from her love and shut away in a tomb. Yet even separated completely in death their souls cannot be severed, as the moon and stars bring nightly visions of her beauty. Originally written for baritone voice, C trumpet, and piano, Kerry Turner has reimagined this tragic love poem for voice, two horns, and piano.
- 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
Brass Quintets and Ensembles
- Beneath the Cross (brass quintet) - arr. Jason Wyse. A very nice arrangement of the popular hymn
- Danny Boy (brass quintet) - arr. Brett Miller. Simple yet soaring arrangement with deep, rich harmonic parts. Very accessible.
- The New-Found Journal, (woodwind quartet - flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon) by Kerry Turner commissioned by Markus Htzel and the Melton Tuba Quartet. This woodwind quartet version was arranged for the Quatuor de Vents du Luxembourg. Perusing rows of ancient leather-bound volumes in a baronial private library, a browser pauses, his hand hovering over a burnished tome. The word 'Journal,' embossed in gold, gleams through heavy dust and he slides it carefully from the shelf where it has sat, untouched, for decades...perhaps centuries. Gingerly he turns to the first yellowed page - and plunges into a world of swashbuckling adventure, recorded in evocative detail by a 16th-century spice trader. His seafaring escapades and exotic encounters are left to the imagination of the listener...
- The Navajo Mandala, (combined woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and percussion) by Kerry Turner - commissioned by the United States Air Forces in Europe Band. It is a sonic depiction of a mandala that was created by Navajo Indians. The symmetric, labyrinth-like circular patterns of the mandala are paralleled in this interesting piece for combined woodwind and brass quintets and percussion. Find this in the LISTENING GALLERY
- Variations on Battle Cry of Freedom (brass quintet) - arr. Brett Miller. Grade 6+ arrangement, with a difficult and high tuba part, this arrangement has fireworks in all the parts. Truly difficult, truly exciting! Sure to bring a crowd to its feet!