Three Miniatures, for horn and piano, by Tara Islas
Three Miniatures was composed in 2017 as a submission to the International Women’s Brass Conference Composition Competition. The first movement is an expressive, lyrical melody played over an ostinato line in the piano part. The slow second movement uses stopped horn and an extended range to convey the nostalgia of days gone by. The last movement has a quick, dance-like feel in 9/8 that has a lyrical, duple middle section that culminates in a rousing conclusion back in 9/8. Satisfying and fun to play, the three movements could easily be programmed as stand-alone works or as a whole and are quite accessible for the motivated high school player, on up.
Performance time: approx 8:30
Appropriate for recitals and contests.