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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

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Subtitle: A Concerto for French Horn

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 14:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $300.00   |   Score Only - $60.00


1. Bold, Maestoso – Allegro - 6:10
2. Adagio Rubato - 5:10
3. Allegro Passionato - 5:50


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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two things are represented in the first movement:

Gail [Williams] grew up on a farm, and in conversation with her, I was struck by what her life was like as a young girl, and the strength she carries, both as a horn player, and personally. The opening fanfare material is a reflection of that character. I was struck by a video I once saw of a “murmuration of starlings”. These birds are incredible, in their ability to fly in such close proximity at high speeds, making instantaneous turns, all the while never running into one another. This is represented in the fast oscillating notes of Allegro molto section. The title suggests what might happen if the opening fanfare were played right near a flock of starlings, sending them into action.

The second movement is pensive, characterized by an ever-reaching motif that gradually reaches higher and higher throughout.

The third movement, like most, provides for a virtuosic, that allows the soloist to show off their stuff. References are made to earlier material throughout the movement.

The wind ensemble version was commissioned by the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, for the premiere performance date of February 3, 2013, with Hilary Harding as soloist, and Captain Michelle Rakers directing. I am extremely grateful to the Marine Band for their continued support of my music.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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