James Matheson "La Seine" for solo English Horn
for unaccompanied English horn
Inspired by Joan Mitchell’s expressionist painting La Seine, James Matheson’s work parallels the painting in its wildly energetic exploration of texture. Matheson covers much ground within four minutes, and this is at times a study in tremolos between contrasting fingerings for one pitch, creating timbral intensity. This piece makes some use of extended techniques, including timbral tremolos.La Seine was commissioned by the Albany Symphony for its English hornist Nathan Fossner, and has also been transcribed by the composer for alto saxophone as well.
Daniel Dorff "Hot Spots" for English Horn and Bb Clarinet
for English horn and clarinet in Bb
by Daniel Dorff (b. 1956)
II. On the Beach
III. The Bee and the Horseshoe Crab
Hot Spots was commissioned by Duo Del Sol, a married couple committed to expanding the repertoire for the ripe combination of English Horn and Bb Clarinet. Dorff’s inspiration came from the duo’s explanation of their name: “We like vacationing where it’s sunny!” That image and the group’s Spanish name led to a Caribbean influence throughout the work.
Alyssa Morris: "Chrysalis" for English Horn and Piano
for English horn and piano
by Alyssa Morris (b. 1984)- American composer
II. Within the Chrysalis
Chrysalis is the musical analogy of a caterpillar; its metamorphosis, and becoming a butterfly. Within the story is another message: to become spiritually changed. The first movement, Caterpillar, introduces the "caterpillar theme" that will transform throughout the piece. This melody begins with clarity and is transformed into an awkward, crawling caterpillar. The theme returns with serenity once again at the end of the movement.
In movement two, the caterpillar enters a new and unknown phase of progression. The caterpillar struggles to find its way. But in the darkness of the chrysalis, the caterpillar finds hope and the strength to become something more. Within the Chrysalis attempts to capture my personal feelings regarding the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ. In this movement are moments of quiet grief, deep sadness, and anguish, and then gratitude and hope. The caterpillar changes within the chrysalis, just as one can experience a spiritual rebirth through Christ's great gift.
In the third movement, the Butterfly emerges. The "caterpillar theme" is transformed. The butterfly sings praises to God, who gave it wings to fly. All Creatures of Our God and King is quoted: "All Creatures of Our God and King Lift up your voice and with us sing...Oh, Praise Him!...Alleluia!"
Premiered on June 9th, 2015 at the River Center, Legacy Hall, Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University by Carolyn Hove, English horn, and Tatiana Muzanova, piano.
Jenni Brandon: "In the City at Night" for Solo English Horn
Geoffrey Browne: "The Art of Cor Anglais, 4th edition"
The Art of Cor Anglais
by Geoffrey Browne
The Art of Cor Anglais by Geoffrey Browne is a book for the advanced study of the cor anglais (English horn), stating the main problems of playing the instrument and offering solutions. The book aims to develop the students' own natural abilities by giving a thought-provoking commentary and background to thirty-five orchestral extracts, and with ideas on how the excerpts fit into the orchestra. There is an article on reeds, a method for circular breathing, a definition, and some history of the instrument. Also there is an article on performance technique and performance anxiety.
Designed for oboe players who want to extend their knowledge by playing cor anglais, and for people who have difficulty in finding specialist teaching in this subject, it is also intended to be useful for composers and for conductors.
There is as much information about this little-documented subject as can be crammed into 64 pages by one of the world's most experienced players.
The Fourth edition is enlarged, revised, and re-organized. It covers the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and contains most of the pieces requested for auditions.
Elliot Carter: "A 6 Letter Letter" for Solo English Horn
Jean Francaix "Quatuor" for English Horn, Violin Viola, and Cello
for English horn and string trio: violin, viola, and cello
by Jean Francaix (1912-1997)- French composer
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Vivo assai
V. Allegro giocoso
Dedicated to Janet Craxton