Horn Sonata No. 4 - 3rd. Movement - French Horn and Piano

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This is the 3rd. movement of my horn sonata no. 4.

3rd. Movement

This movement is marked 'Presto' with the crotchet beat set at 120. It should not go faster than this.

In 12/8, it has something of the character of a jig, At first between the LH of the piano, with the RH joining in on the repeat. This happens again, in a slightly altered way later on. This opening idea is treated almost as a ritornello. It appears in the piano alone on its next iteration, leading into a syncopated section in the minor.

This is followed by the ritornello and then another minor section using short glisses and dramatic chords. There is also need of fluttertongung in this section.

Finally, the ritornello idea returns in the dominant, taking the horn up into the top register. This section leads to the close with a downward gliss, which counterbalances the upward gliss at the end of the first movement.

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

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Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Solo Horn in F + piano
Modern classical music

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