This is a piece that I wrote for an iron-lipped horn player.
Here is my "Hornish Rhapsody".
Beautiful horn sound. Nice tune.
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"iron-lipped"--probably a good descriptor for the horn player this would call for! But I'm sure a good musician could pull it off and have a good time doing it.
It made me smile, Mr. Larry, the way you made this weighty, somewhat ponderous instrument sound so light and agile. The outstanding attribute of this piece is the great juxtaposition of the meaty instrument and the bouncy, tripping line it plays. Neat, I like it.
There's a less successful quality with your string sound. There's something keyboard-playerish, like they're being played by a single musician at the keys, you know what I mean? I feel the Length control is too choked off on most instruments in ARIA, and that's part of it, along with no apparent reverb in the string mix, and the solid chord nature of their track, quantization also. You're very likely aware that there's a "synthy" result in your string tracks, Larry, and what I've assumed is that just having the bed of chord structure is probably sufficient for you. There's just such a contrast between your strings and your lead tracks which are always so well done, I decided to mention it.
As always, I sure enjoyed the music, Mr. A - thank you.
Thanks for listening.
Ahoy Larry! This was a very fun listen! I'm not sure what it was, but something about listening to this while making my Peanut Butter and Jelly just seemed...right. It was very difficult to not get overzealous in the spreading of the peanut butter, perhaps it was just the buttery sound of the horn
Thanks for sharing!
In that register, you were probably thinking that this really should have been for EUPHONIUM, weren't you?
I started to dance around the basement to this...good thing nobody else is home.
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Good horn players can play in all of the registers that I used in this piece. I will admit that this composition is extremely difficult to play even for a virtuoso performer like Dennis Brain.
Thanks for your input, my friend.
A while back I was listening to some Jazz horn players (I think
our elder statesman Bob DeCelle sent me the link -- which of
course I cannot now find) -- and these guys can get truly
astonishing agility out of the instrument, seemingly anywhere
in the range. Regardless of their gymnastics, I do think any
accomplished player could handle this fairly well.
Thanks for another good listen, Larry!