From Wind Repertory Project
Kevin Day

Kevin Day

Subtitle: Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2022
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $250.00   |   Score Only (print) - $75.00


1. Aero-Schematics
2. Cloud Dreams
3. Flying machine


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Windborne: Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble is my fifth concerto commission, this time in collaboration with my dear friend and soloist Steven Cohen, whom I am greatly thankful for in supporting this project.

This three-movement work is inspired by the life of a family member of mine named Oscar Desper Jr., my great uncle on my mother’s side. I never got the chance to meet him but heard many stories of him as a kid from my mother about his work in aeronautical engineering and the Rockwell International Space Shuttle Program. Before I chose my path to go into music for college, I originally wanted to be an aeronautical engineer too, with dreams of wanting to fly and explore the unknown.

With this context in mind, the three movements, Aero-Schematics, Cloud Dreams, and Flying Machine explore this aeronautical process of designing an aircraft and witnessing that design come to life. The “flying” concept for the concerto started by replaying experiences in my head hearing horns. I’ve always loved the epic and beautiful sound of the instrument, as well as its ability make the listener feel like they are soaring.

-Program Note by composer

For Steven Cohen.

- Program Note from score

It has different qualities like a fighter jet, zooming around, and then the second movement is very floaty and ethereal and gentle, and then you come rip-roaring out through the end.

- Program Note by Carolyn Barber


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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