INSTRUMENTATION: Horn and Orchestra, Horn and Wind Band (transcription), Chamber Ensemble (reduction), and Horn and Piano (reduction)
PUBLISHER: 1997 Hal Leonard Corporation
Movement 1: The Call and Awakening — 322 measures, approx. 8m40s
Movement 2: Father Jacobus — 68 measures, approx. 4m30s
Movement 3: Magister Ludi Coronation and Death — 195 measures, approx. 6m45s
CAN BE FOUND ON IMSLP: No
YOUTUBE: Jason Ayoub (movement 1)
SPOTIFY: JD Shaw, Tales of Imagination
iTUNES: Gregg Hustis and the Dallas Philharmonia
GRADE/DIFFICULTY (1 easy, 6 very difficult): 4.5
James Beckel (b. 1948) graduated from the Indiana University School of Music and has been the Principal Trombone with the Indianapolis Symphony since 1969. He is an active composer and has received many awards and grants for his compositions. The Glass Bead Game was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was premiered by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra on November 10, 1997 with Kent Leslie as the horn soloist. The work is loosely based on the Herman Hesse novel of the same title.
Movement I: The Call and Awakening
The first movement is a bi-tonal work following the basic concerto form. Two main themes dominate the movement, the first emulates a distant call representing the philosophy of life while the second is a propulsive narrative representing conflict and adventure. This movement would make a fantastic stand alone work on any recital program.
Movement 2: Father Jacobus
The second movement makes much use of the use of sounds sustained into each other, as you would hear in a Great Cathedral. The movement is meant to be reflective and peaceful.
Movement 3: Magister Ludi Coronation and Death
This movement is very programmatic filled with celebration, protest, death and tranquility.