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AC Announces 2015 IHS Honors

The Advisory Council awarded 2015 IHS honors at its meeting in Los Angeles in August.

Service Medal of Honor: former IHS President Virginia Thompson, who died last year.

Punto Awards: legendary Hollywood studio musicians Alan Robinson and David Duke.

Honorary Members: former Metropolitan Opera principal horn Julie Landsman and former IHS Advisory Council member and natural horn expert Michel Garcin-Marrou from France.

Horn Excerpts Book Now in OMS

book imageThe Orchestral Horn Excerpts book is now available from the IHS Online Music Sales. This book is the companion to the popular hornexcerpts.org website, now hosted by the IHS at www.hornsociety.org/hornexcerpts-org. The 162-page volume contains 46 of the most frequently requested works on orchestral horn auditions. The excerpts were chosen based on lists in Douglas Hill's book Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance and Arthur La Bar's Horn Player's Audition Handbook. The excerpts are reproduced from the original horn parts in order to preserve the visual and typographical accuracy. It includes as many important passages of each work as possible, and there is enough material before and after each passage so as not to exclude music that might be requested on an audition, and to give the reader some context.

Two New Additions to OMS

Two new publications have ben added to the IHS Online Music Sales.

RAM-O for horn quartet by Lewis Songer

The composer wrties: "RAM-O was written for Leland Bartholemew’s horn club in Asheville, North Carolina. They requested something that would be would be played outdoors and would appeal to a younger crowd, hence the persistent "dum...da-dum...da-dum" rhythm. That is as close to a rock bass drum beat that I dared to get! The range and difficulty level is based on my knowledge of the players. The harmonies were influenced by Domenico Scarlatti’s use of clusters in some of his keyboard sonatas.  However, when assigning a title my mind went to Jean-Phillipe Rameau, hence RAM-O. The commission fee was a bottle of Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir."

J. Orlando Alves’s Inserções V

The fifth piece of the cycle called "Inserções" was composed in 2010 for horn and piano and was dedicated to the horn player Radegundis Tavares. The main feature of the cycle is the sudden insertion motivic elements, often without preparation or transition, with rapid changes of tempo and character. Another feature is the systematic use of the tritone and semitone intervals in melodic and harmonic construction. Other pieces of this cycle were composed for duos of the flute, clarinet, trombone and trumpet with piano. The piece “Inserções V” is based on the sudden alternation between slow and introspective character and the rapid scherzo tempo.

February Horn Call Online

The February, 2015 issue of The Horn Call is now available for download in PDF form, for members only. Log in and then go to Home—>Downloads to access it.

2015 Elections — Polls are open

Elections for 2015 are now under way. Issues include election of Advisory Council members and two proposed changes to the IHS bylaws. All current members of the IHS are eligible to vote, either online OR by the postcard that is enclosed in the February issue of The Horn Call, but NOT both. Members must log in to their IHS account to vote online. See the front page of the website for more information and a link to the ballot. Voting ends at Midnight, Hawaii time (UTC -10) on April 15.

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