SCHERZO CONCERTANTE by Vaclav Nelhybel
INSTRUMENTATION: Horn and Piano
PUBLISHER: 1966, 1984, 2006 Colgems-EMI Music, Inc.
LENGTH: 114 measures including repeats and D.S.w, approx. 3m10s
CAN BE FOUND ON IMSLP: No
YOUTUBE: Ilze Brink-Button
SPOTIFY: Gail Williams, 20th Century Settings
iTUNES: Gregg Hustis, Lyrical Gems for the Horn
GRADE/DIFFICULTY (1 easy, 6 very difficult): 3
EXTENDED TECHNIQUES: none
RANGE (horn pitch):
Czech born composer, Vaclav Nelhybel (1919 – 1996) studied at the University of Prague and the Prague Conservatory; he emigrated to Switzerland in 1942 to study at the University of Fribourg eventually teaching there in 1947. He came to live in the United States in 1957 teaching at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Scranton where his full collection of works is housed. Nelhybel has composed for full orchestra, for the stage, for sting groups, and for solo players with special attention to wind and brass instruments.
Scherzo Concertante employs his trademark compositional styles of vigorous rhythms, accented syncopations, dissonance, and counterpoint. The melodic material is mainly monothematic with fast paced interchanges between the horn and piano. This piece will make a great second half opener to any recital.