"This piece is truly one of the pinnacles of the horn repertoire, scandalously neglected in the UK at least. Yes, it is very taxing, but you don't have to play the whole piece at once. The slow movement is its heart - beginning (apart from the leading note) with the same first five notes as the 'Agnus Dei' from Fauré's 'Requiem', and with a strong vocal line (Schoeck composed primarily for the voice). The harmonies and modulations are lush, late Romantic: the piece was written in 1951 towards the end of Schoeck's life, and has a retrospective nostalgic glow similar to Strauss' Oboe and 2nd Horn Concertos. In my view it can well stand the comparison - the last movement is skippy too, although shot through with reminiscences of the earlier movements. Buy and play this piece! I want to hear at least a movement on the BBC's 'Young Musician' competition before I die."