"The work has the challenge of many well thought-out etudes, but in a public performance vehicle. The horn is presented in a very characteristic manner. It is melodic yet modern sounding."
-John Cox, Principal Horn, The Oregon Symphony
Duration: ca. 8 minutes
Level of difficulty: challenging/Grade 6
03/19/96 Performed by John Cox in recital at Mesa Community College
03/20/96 Performed by John Cox in recital at the University of Arizona, Tucson
02/09/95 World Premiere by John Cox in recital at the University of Evansville.
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Four Duets for Solo Horn was written in 1994 for John Cox, Principal Horn of the Oregon Symphony. The four movements are of a contrasting nature, but they all have one device in common: they exploit the large range of the horn in such a manner so as to simulate a dialogue between two horns (high and low). While thematic material is frequently shared and developed between the "two voices" of the horn (this is especially true of the second movement, which seeks to simulate a round), each range of the horn maintains its unique character.