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William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection

The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound has recently finished processing the William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection. This collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in North America, if not the most comprehensive and organized collection of recorded music relating to the British horn player Dennis Brain (1921-1957), anywhere in the world. A full itemized finding aid for the collection is now available online.

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Mozart Rondo, K.495 in OMS

James Boldin's arrangement for brass trio is now available in IHS Online Music Sales.

This arrangement of the finale from Mozart's K. 495 concerto works nicely as a horn feature at brass trio concerts and recitals. It is suggested that the horn player alter the written dynamic levels as necessary to achieve the appropriate balance, while still maintaining the desired effect.

Quartet for Horns – Robert Ward

"Quartet for Horns" by Robert Ward has been added to the IHS Online Music Sales catalog.

The composer describes it as follows:

"The Quartet for Horns was premiered at the IHS Convention in Eugene, Oregon in 1996, performed by Robert Ward, Jonathan Ring, Dave Krehbiel and Bruce Roberts. It has five movements, and has a harmonic language of Hindemith meets John Williams. It was the first piece that I wrote, and was written over a period of many years. I think it's fun to play and has linked thematic motives that cross between the movements."

And Ezra the Scribe Stood Upon a Pulpit

A trio for violin, horn, and piano by Brian Wilson has been added to IHS Online Music Sales.

The composer's description:

According to the Hebrew Bible, a high priest named Ezra the Scribe returned from the Babylonian exile and reintroduced the Torah–the five books of Jewish liturgy–to Jerusalem around 450 BCE. Ezra is credited with strengthening Jewish life, rejuvenating Torah study, and instilling aspects of religious observance that have lasted until the present. Ezra the Scribe is metaphorically referred to as the Springtime in the national history of Judaism, a time of great flowering.

My horn trio attempts to conjure up impressions of this fascinating chapter in Jewish history. The music shows influences of jazz and the Jewish liturgy: you can imagine a distant Duke Ellington in one section, in another is a very (to some) recognizable motive from the Torah service. The fast middle section, subtitled "Camel Dance," serves as my impression of Ezra and his entourage coming down from Babylon to Jerusalem.

"And Ezra the Scribe Stood Upon a Pulpit" was commissioned by the Music in the Mishkan series at Congregation Sh'ar Zahav in San Francisco, where it was premiered on 5 February 2012 by Randy Weiss, violin, Meredith Brown, horn and Marilyn Thompson, piano.

New Trio in IHS Online Music Sales

"Partita" for oboe, horn and piano by Greg Danner has been added to the IHS Online Music Sales catalog.

The composer writes: "Partita was commissioned by the Trifecta Trio--Aryn Day Sweeney, oboe, Jeffery Whaley, horn, and Chih long Hu, piano. The five movements (Prelude, Ballad, Bagatelle, Fantasy, and March/Finale) are written in a contemporary tonal harmonic style. Advanced Intermediate."

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