Three Solo Pieces for Horn (Opus 56)

Hans van der Zanden asked me to write something for solo horn. He wanted me to use the instrument in all its richness of sound as much as possible. Hans gave me advice with this composition, especially concerning the possibilities of sordino and open sound. These three so-called Solo Pieces for Horn Opus 56 were performed by Hans during a concert in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation.

The publication can be ordered here


Sonata No.1 in B flat minor for Flute and Piano (Opus 36)

My first sonata for flute and piano is now issued in print! It is a three part tonal work, but with a lot of dissonances however on strong beats.

The first movement is in B Flat minor, while the second movement (Andante maestoso) is in the far different key of E major. This part is cast in a song form with a cadenza-like melody in the flute at an ostinato accompaniment of the piano, with Lydian elements.

The middle part consists of free elements and a cadenza for the flute.

The last part is a rondo, again in B Flat minor (Molto allegro).

This movement is always interrupted by cadenza-like moments for flute, which throws the rondo ‘feeling’ in a playful way. Eventually the coda appears in the redeeming major key and closes off in B Flat major.

 

It can be ordered here.


Sonata in B flat minor for Horn and Piano (Opus 48)

This is a three part sonata that I composed for my good friend Hans van der Zanden, who is the solo horn of the Brussels Philharmonic.

It is a tonal work consisting of occasional free and bitonal elements. Both in the horn passages and in the piano part a lot of chromatics are applied, which gives the impression of a free form.

It can be ordered here.