horn quartet

4′ 00″

Written for the Half-Valley Horn Quartet.

Commissioned by the Hartt School Community Division.

As an ensemble, horn quartets are adept at creating flowing melodies that arch the full breadth of a piece. This Serenade was written with this idea in mind, developing a single song for the entire quartet that passes from one player to the next effortlessly. After introducing a brief motive passed between all four horns, the Serenade opens with an introspective, minor melody. Echoed among the players, transfigured rhythmically, and shifted across neighboring modalities, the melody settles into a rousing, fugal recap for a climactic finish.