Antilogy, for solo horn, 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).
Although the number of beats per measure changes continuously, I have purposefully left the time signatures out in an effort to keep the score readable and clean. Instead, the placement of beams shows precisely how notes are grouped. There is a near constant alteration, especially in the allegro sections, of quarter beat groups with groups of three sixteenth notes, which keeps the rhythm off-kilter and lilting.
I wrote this piece for a solo recital in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I am the horn professor.
Antilogy is dedicated to Meg and Charlie.'
- Daniel Grabois
Appropriate for recitals, contemporary, internal contrasts in tempi and moods.