Horn Sonata No. 4 - 2nd. Movement - French Horn and Piano

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This is the 2nd. Movement of my horn sonata no. 4.

Rather than a slow movement, I decided to base it on a minuet and trio form. The main driver in the minuet is the quaver pattern that begins in the piano. This should be very rubato, much more so than in the mp3. Over this, the horn has a legato melody.

At the change to minor, (meno mosso a piacere) the change of tempo should be abrupt (no rall) and the whole section is very dramatic. The horn should be strident in the louder passages and super smooth in the quieter ones.

At the coda, the mood should be sultry, almost lazy. This is still 'a piacere'. The pianist needs to be really finely controlled in the diminuendo to the finish.

This is a challeging but enjoyable addition to the horn repertoire.

Score ID
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Solo Horn in F + piano
Modern classical music

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