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Horn Sonata No. 3 (Complete)

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By Mike Lyons

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Horn in F - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Mike Lyons. Contemporary Classical, Recital. Solo Part. 7 pages. Published by Lyons Music Services (S0.361467).

Item Number: S0.361467

This ismy third new sonata for unaccompanied French horn. it has three movements asfollows:


Movement 1:Dance

It begins with a crotchet theme which forms the basis of the rest of themovement.

The opening should be stately and measured, but not slow. The echoes should beas quiet as possible for each statement of the opening motif.

I have made a lot of use of rhythmic features in this movement. After theMaestoso, the 12/8 section is in the nature of a jig, with lots of repeated pitchesand very rhythmical There's much use of syncopation. After I have played aroundwith these ideas (intervals based on the opening) there is a more legato tune,also based on the opening music, but in a grander style and marked nobilmente.This is almost a processional, and leads to a reprise of the jig motifs in anew mode and with modifications to the rhythm.

The second movement of this sonata is a set of 3 variations on an originaltune. The melody is quite hymn-like and needs to be played as such. Verylegato, with very slight tongue.

Variation 1 is an 8th note variation, with a slight increase in tempo to helpit to flow. The player will need to pay close attention to the written phrasingso as not to lose the theme. This variation is p throughout.

Variation 2 is a triplet/sextuplet variation, again with a slight increase in tempo.This variation has turns, which I have written out in ossias above to be clearhow I would like it to be played.

Variation 3 is a semiquaver and glissando variation, requiring good tonguetechnique and clear phrasing. Breathing should be easy as I have made provisionfor breaths to mark the ends of phrases. Please don't change these!

Finally, there is a restatement of the original theme with slight adaptationsto bring the movement to a quiet finish.

The third and final movement of the sonata is a rondo. The opening music keepsreturning throughout the length of the movement. It comprises a stutteringrhythmic phrase with alternating upwards and downwards scales which graduallybuild up throughout the opening of the movement.

Each time the ritornello idea returns it has been altered in some way. Betweenthe ritornelli are slightly less frenetic sections of cantabile melodic ideaswhich hark back to both the first and second movements as well as referencingthe scalic ideas from the third movement.

Although the music is fast, it should be playable without resorting to triple tonguing.

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