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Horn Sonata No. 2 (Complete)

By Mike Lyons

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Horn in F - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Mike Lyons. Contemporary Classical. Solo Part. 7 pages. Published by Lyons Music Services (S0.360473).

Item Number: S0.360473

This ismy second Horn Sonata for unaccompanied horn. Like the first, it has 3movements, each of which can be played on their own.

1st. Movement: Andante piacere

The music of the first section is based on the opening idea. The descendingglissandos and the repeated note figures should be taken in a leisurely way, apiacere, rather than in totally strict time. In bar 10, the flz should appear out of the tied note,without a fresh tongue.

From letter A, the music is based on the repeated note patterns which aregradually developed and metamorphosed into new shapes in a gradual process. Atletter B, a second motif is added which is more expressive and dynamicallydiverse. The development of this idea reaches a climax at the rall before letter C, from where thisidea becomes more frenetic and agitated until it 'tires itself out' in thepauses before letter D.

Here the original repeated note motif reappears to provide a basic ternaryshape as the original ideas, changed by the development process are re-statedin their new forms. The closing pauses should be played as marked, with commabreaks, but not between the two notes in the penultimate bar.

2nd Movement: Adagio

This movement is slow and wistful, atmospheric and drifting. Each phrase shouldbe given its own space. Each individual motif has its own rises and falls andthese should be tastefully exaggerated to give them as much definition aspossible.

3rd.Movement: Allegro vivace

This movement is intended to be flashy and full of life. The 7/8 time signaturegives it plenty of off-beat vivacity. Players will need to make sure they knowwhat the pulse is as it shifts from 2+2+3 to 2+3+2 and 3+2+2.

Much of the material (motifs) are related to the music of the first twomovements so this rousing finale will brig a sense of completeness to theperformance of the sonata, though it can, of course, be played as a separatepiece in its own right.

This movement is both enjoyable and challenging, requiring a good technique andcounting skills. The subtle shifts to 6/8 and 5/8 - and even 3/4 time need tobe treated with care.

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