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Holloway, Robin: Horn Concerto op. 43 (1979-80) 35'
for horn and orchestra

Scoring

2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2.2-2.2.0.0-timp-harp-strings

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere

16/06/1988
Spitalfields Festival, London
Barry Tuckwell, horn / Northern Sinfonia / Richard Hickox

Repertoire Note

This is a major work for horn and smallish orchestra. In fact, it’s difficult to think of a bigger or more demanding Horn Concerto. Originally, the first movement, Sonata, was composed as a stand-alone movement, but later the composer realised the need to add two more movements to create a conventional concerto. In the slow second movement, the harp has an important role while the strings provide a cushion above which the music plays itself out. Before the lively Rondo finale, is a cadenza in which the horn is accompanied by the timpani.

Repertoire Note by Peter Marchbank

Recommended Recording

Barry Tuckwell/Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Matthias Bamert
NMCD097

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