Three Moods for Horn
Three Moods for Horn (2017), affectionately dubbed the “Middle Horn Sonata” by commissioner Rocky Ankeny, is designed to show off the versatility of the horn in multiple situations while staying in a comfortable range throughout the entire piece. I chose three intriguing words in the English language that give off certain aspects of the horn’s many abilities. In the first movement, Ebullience, the horn showcases its ability to play joyous, fanfare-like gestures. The second movement, Genuflection, allows the horn to sing freely and beautifully with flowing lines in conversation with the piano. Finally, in the third movement, Vehemence, the horn expresses an aggression unparalleled by other instruments, showing the power and bite that the horn can express.
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