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  1. Levi's Dream

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    This colorful work showcases the agility and rich sonority of the instruments. The title refers to an imagined dream of Levi, the namesake of the Israelite Tribe. The Levites were known for their involvement in priestly duties and music. Although the composition is loosely programmatic, much of the music has a distinctly Middle-eastern quality. The soulful nature of the slower sections is enhanced by the expressive, luscious ambience of the ensemble. The composition features two sections with original tunes in the style of Jewish folk songs. One is slow and contemplative, the other jubilant. Levi’s Dream an audience-friendly work appropriate for the concert hall or in a house of worship. Learn More
  2. Pathways

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    Pathways (2015) for horn quartet by Howard J. Buss. Without using extended techniques and difficult technical displays, this colorful work is designed as a showcase for the horn quartet. Written in 4 continuous movements, the music has a strong narrative quality. The general characteristics of the movements are: energetic, playful and marching, plaintive, and buoyantly joyous. Although the musical language is sophisticated, because of the work’s moderate tessitura and modest technical requirements, Pathways is accessible to horn quartets comprised of moderately advanced students and amateurs, yet, professional-level hornists will enjoy its energy, vitality and colorful scoring. Learn More
  3. Portraits

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    Portraits for horn quartet by Lee Heritage is in four movements, "This and That," "Waltz," "Hymn," and "Rip Romp." The first pulses with rhythmic energy and dramatic fanfares. The playful syncopations and percussive character of the opening serve as a cheerful prelude to a nostalgic slow waltz in the second movement. The rich harmonies of the waltz are followed in the third movement by a stately hymn that explores the full expressive power of the horn choir. Exuberant horn rips open the final romp, announcing a return to the rhythmic energy of the first movement. A melodic optimism permeates the romp, which closes with a final triumphant fanfare. Score and 4 parts are included. Learn More
  4. Prelude and Intrada

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    This attractive quartet features lyrical writing, and spirited rhythmic drive. The Prelude combines fanfare and lyrical sections as well as tonal and polytonal harmonies. The festive Intrada is in an ABA-Coda format and features crisp, energetic rhythms and lyrical contrapuntal writing. This is a memorable feature number or an impressive contest piece. Multiple players may be used on each part. Learn More
  5. Radicals

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    In three movenents, this is a great challenge for any college level Horn Quartet:

    I. Alpha

    II. Beta

    III. Gamma

    One afternoon while working my summer job at the Air Force Armament Museum in Eglin, Florida, I was asked to dust off some artifacts in display cases. On the last display on the first half of the building I was stopped by one of my co-workers. He pointed out that this final artifact, a navigation tool, was hazardous because of the radioactive radium paint. This was a fact I was briefed on weeks earlier but had slipped my mind.

    “There are three types of radiation”, he explained, “Alpha, which is pretty calm; Beta, which is a little gnarly but still alright. Finally, with Gamma – you’re screwed!”

    Radicals follows this same concept musically.  Alpha is simple and serene; the quartet bounces between major triads and slight rhythmic alterations. Beta hinges between cute and troublesome in a squirrely scherzo while Gamma goes off the deep end and is extremely treacherous.

    Radicals was premiered on April 5th, 2014 by Josie Wisser, Emily Judd, John Apostolides, and Katie Rudzik at the University of Central Florida.

     

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