SONATA FOR HORN AND PIANO by Eric Ewazen
INSTRUMENTATION: Horn and Piano
PUBLISHER: 1992, 1998 Southern Music Company, Texas
CAN BE FOUND ON IMSLP: No
SPOTIFY: David Wakefield, American Brass Quintet Chamber Music of Eric Ewazen
GRADE/DIFFICULTY (1 easy, 6 very difficult): 5.5
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954) studied composition with Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Warren Benson, Gunther Schuller, and Joseph Schwantner at the Eastman School of Music, Tanglewood, and The Juilliard School. He has been a member of the faculty at Juilliard since 1980. Eric is a recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes and writes especially well when it comes to creating wonderful brass sounds. Creating fantastic brass sounds does not mean that his parts are easy. On the contrary, his musical prowess lies in storytelling with thick chromatic gestures and wild leaps that are continually propelling forward lending an air of difficulty to his brass compositions.
This piece was commissioned by Scott Brubaker of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra which was premiered March 8, 1992 in Weill Recital Hall in New York City with the composer at the piano.
Movement 2: Adagio
Movement 3: Allegretto
Movement 4: Lento – Allegro molto – Presto