Cape Horn

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Otto M. Schwarz

Otto M Schwarz

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Subtitle: For Horn and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 9:25
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Horn and piano
Publisher: Mitropa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €185.00   |   Score Only (print) - €34.50


Full Score
Solo Horn in F
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cape Horn is situated at the southern point of South America, on the Chilean island ‘Isla Hornos’. For centuries, sailing around the horn was said to be one of the most dangerous passages for ships that wanted to sail from the Atlantic Ocean westwards to the Pacific Ocean. Tradition has it that Sir Francis Drake discovered Cape Horn in 1578 and the Dutch voyager Willem Cornelisz Schouten was the first to round it in 1616. It was the latter who named the promontory after his Dutch hometown Hoorn. It is estimated that over 800 ships and 10,000 men in total have sunk into the icy waters while attempting to circumnavigate the cape.

The work Cape Horn – a solo for horn and piano – attempts to reflect the beauty, but also the perils of this region. It is a matter of great importance to the composer Otto M. Schwarz to write new solo repertoire. The tonal language of his main genre – film music – is as unmistakable as the experimental parts and catchy tunes.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Florida Wind Band (Tampa) (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) - 4 November 2023
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor; Katy Ambrose, horn) - 19 February 2022
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Symphonic Band and Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor; Lyndsie Wilson, horn) - 25 April 2019
  • South Korea Navy Band (Cho Dong Min, conductor) - 2019

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