Epilogue for Horn and Piano was composed in 2011 for James Boldin, horn professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He and pianist Richard Seiler premièred the work in July of that year in that city. The work was inspired by a poem of the same name by Robert Lowell, the last poem in his last published collection (Day by Day). “But sometimes everything I write/ with the threadbare art of my eye/ seems a snapshot,/ lurid, rapid, garish, grouped,/ heightened from life,/ yet paralyzed by fact.” This excerpt seems key to the understanding of the poem and possibly his work in general. The music takes on that disquiet mindset, sometimes distant, withdrawn, other times tender or even bold, yet concluding with a fragile, unresolved passage. It is suggested that the poem be read before the performance of the work. “Epilogue for Horn and Piano” was created as a duo with both parts designed to convey the full range of emotions. Thus performance requires advanced artistry by both musicians.