Elements for Horn and Piano

Horn in F, Piano

I. Wind on Water

II. Earth

III. Fire

The first movement explores the interplay of the wind in the horn and the resulting ripples and waves in the piano. Earth is a jazz/blues lamentation, and Fire is a joyful dance, reminiscent of a mid-summer bonfire on the beach.

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PROGRAM NOTE

The first movement explores the interplay of the wind in the horn and the resulting ripples and waves in the piano. The second movement, Earth, is a jazz/blues lamentation, slow and heavy. Fire, the last movement is a joyful dance, reminiscent of a mid-summer bonfire on the beach. Imagine a group of people holding hands and dancing around the fire, with the sparks periodically leaping up into the dark night sky.

NOTES ON PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE

The rhythmic structure is based on the action of the wind, in the horn, on the piano. The ripples build, slowly at first, getting more active as the wind continues to blow. In the second movement, the horn player should use the written notes as a starting place. Allow yourself to play with things that are not generally allowed by pieces for horn. Bending time, bending pitch, even a bit of vibrato, here is the chance for the horn to play in a way that is not typical for the instrument. The last movement should be entertaining and fun rather than frightening.