Posted By kerryturner on April 30, 2009
There has been some considerable interest lately in my “Concerto for Low Horn and Orchestra”. Interestingly enough, we have just recorded this work on CD; it along with the “Introduction and Main Event” for horn quartet and orchestra, the “Concerto for Tuba” and the orchestral tone poem “Karankawa”. This project was recently completed and I am hoping to have the CD released by Christmas 2009.
Mostly the questions have been about various performances of the piece with the piano reduction. As a matter of fact, over the past year, I have coached many students on the “Concerto for Low Horn”. And every time I have to alert them to the two major misprints in the horn part. I also have a few tips for the pianist. So I have therefore decided to list the misprints and suggestions on this blog as follows:
Bars 20- 29: all of the F-sharps should be F-naturals.
Bars 32- 54: this part works better at a slightly slower tempo, about 108.
The bass-clef starts in bar 28.
A NOTE ABOUT THE PIANO PART:
bars 21-29: is it possible to have another person, like the page turner, play those chords in the left hand thereby allowing the pianist two play both treble lines?
bars 29-31: the ad lib notes can be, for example, all the back keys or another pentatonic scale. The same thing for bars 127-134.
It would be really great if the pianist could play harpsichord on this movement since that is what the orchestration asks for.