Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: French Horn
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.