Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: French Horn
For 2 French Horns:
We all have at least one person in our lives we cannot stand but put up with. When this interaction occurs, most people present a calm composure but internally there is a litany of frustration. The energetic horns represent this range of emotion with the extremes of the instrument: large intervals between parts, repetitive and jagged sixteenth note patterns, and gnarly falls that mimic a snarl of the title.
Contrary to this inspiration the performers I wrote this for (Emily Judd and Katie Rudzik) are two of the nicest people I had the pleasure of meeting in Orlando. Their enthusiasm and advice were crucial to the formation of this work. JERK was premiered by the commissioners on March 15th, 2015 at the University of Central Florida.