"New" Mozart Concerto in OMS
Around 1786, Mozart began work on a new horn concerto in E major, presumably for his friend Joseph Leutgeb. After 91 bars of orchestral exposition and a brief entrance of the horn solo, he abandoned the work, leaving us what is now cataloged as K. 494a. Some have suggested this might have been Mozart's greatest concerto had he finished it, as the orchestral flourish introduces a grandiose construction of melody and counterpoint, unlike any of Mozart's other horn concertos. This reconstruction and completion, done by Anders Muskens in 2015, builds on the fragment and adds new themes in order to realize an entire movement.
Two New Works in OMS
A Sailing Sextet, written for the Eastern Kentucky University horn studio, features a series of interweaving melodies and an abundance of rhythmic energy. The underlying diatonic harmony of the work is colored with a healthy mixture of whole tone and quartal sonorities. Composed in an ABA form, the lively opening section is contrasted by a slower, peaceful central section that features muted horns. The title is an allusion to the two stylistic influences for the piece, Debussy’s whole-tone piano prelude, Voiles (Sails), and Schonberg’s tone color exploration, Summer Morning by a Lake, from his Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16.
Brave Wind is set for horn and field drum, taking advantage of the heroic sounds of each. The piece is also inspired by the wind of Ellensburg, Washington, which in the Spring is persistent and occasionally forceful and unpredictable. This commission was funded in part by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society.
New Gift Membership Discount
Membership in the International Horn Society makes a great gift. Now through December 31 we're offering a $5 discount on new one year or student gift memberships! Go to our web site: www.hornsociety.org, click on Gift Memberships from the Membership drop down. When you get to the payment page enter IHSGIFT2015 in the coupon box.
2016 Composition Contest Rules Announced
Rules for the International Horn Society 2016 Composition Contest have been announce by Dr. Randall Faust, Contest Coordinator. Read more about it here.
New Item in OMS
Thrashing the Siren was written during the late part of 2010 into early 2011 and is inspired by the stories of the Sirens in Greek Mythology. The Sirens were divine bird-women whose enchanted singing would lure sailors to their island. Many ships would wreck on the islands rocky coast, but those who made it ashore were so bewitched by the Sirens song that they would refuse to leave and ultimately die of starvation.
Daughter of the Muse
Who knows both past and future
Sing your potent song.
Your feathers stolen
Stay idle in your meadow
Among silent guests.
They have heard your tune
And cannot leave – for men
Your song ends in death.