En 2014, The International Horn Society celebró el 35th año de su Concurso de Composición. Durante este año especial de aniversario, hubo dos divisiones en el concurso.

1. División de composición destacada: las composiciones de esta división eran obras de dificultad moderada para un solo de trompa e instrumento de teclado.

2. División de Composición Virtuoso: las composiciones de esta división no tenían limitación de dificultad y pertenecían a una de las siguientes categorías de instrumentación.

  • Composiciones para Solo Horn (solo / sin acompañante)
  • Composiciones para el conjunto de cornos (dos o más músicos, todos los cornos)
  • Horn with chamber ensemble of four or more players (one horn part only)
  • Solo Horn featured with large ensemble

(The instrumentation for the divisions will rotate in future contests.) 

The 2014 Composition Contest received 59 entries from 13 countries: 22 entries in the Featured Division and 37 entries in the Virtuoso Division.

The prize-winning composition for The Featured Division was Mountain Sketches for Horn and Piano by Paul Johnston of Charleston, Illinois, USA. The judges also selected an Honorable Mention for the Featured Division: Miniatures for Horn and Piano by Sy Brandon from Cottonwood, Arizona, USA.

The prize-winning composition for The Virtuoso Division was Hard to Argue (A Concertino for Five Horns) by Catherine Likhuta from Brisbane, Australia. The judges also selected two Honorable Mentions in the Virtuoso Division: 15 estudios de corno bajo for Solo Horn by Ricardo Matosinhos from Ermesinde, Portugal and Dancing on the Hill for Horn Ensemble by Patrick Hughes from Austin Texas, USA.

The Judges for the 2014 Competition were three fine composers and hornists: David Stanhope—a Winner of the 1979 I.H.S. Composition Contest from Australia, Andrew Boysen—a Winner of the 1999 I.H.S. Composition Contest from The University of New Hampshire, USA, and Jeffrey Snedeker—Past President of the International Horn Society from Central Washington University, USA.

More detailed information about the winning works appears in the May edition of The Horn Call. More detailed information about the Honorable Mentioned compositions will appear in the next edition of The Horn Call. Plans are underway to feature these works in performances at The International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles in August.

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