This unaccompanied work by Peter Maxwell Davies is quite difficult.  In addition to the dilemmas associated with unaccompanied works, such as pacing, performers face difficult rhythms, a large range, and extreme dynamics.  Good flexibility is also a crucial skill in this piece.  The work, while strenuous and daunting, is not impossible to perform; however, it takes both technical strength and great musicianship.

 

Composer Davies, Peter Maxwell
Dates (b. 1934)
Duration 11:00
Horn Range Bb2 to D6
Level Advanced
Clef Treble Clef and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Flutter Tongue, Lip Trill, Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available Unaccompanied
Accompaniment Difficulty N/A

 

Movements Duration Level Range
I. Adagio 4:47 Advanced E3 to C5
II. Lento 4:21 Advanced Ab3 to Db6
III. Presto molto 1:31 Advanced Bb2 to D6