Jan Koetsier’s Romanza, Op. 59/2 is a delightful twentieth-century lyrical work.  The title accurately describes the work, as it is a romance with pleasant, song-like melodies.  While the melodic material and harmonies are straightforward, the nuances of the work lie in the rubato passages.  The performer’s control and ability to carry a musical line over the phrase, and in connecting phrases, are what make this work cohesive.  The piece does not require much technical skill, but because the work is lacking a key signature, the performer must be comfortable with the numerous accidentals.  The range of the work is fairly large (almost three octaves), but the majority of the music remains within the staff.  The deviations to the high and low registers were written in a manner that makes them easy to approach.  True to its ternary form, the B section provides contrast of both tempo and style.  This section also calls for a mute.  The entire work was written in 12/8 meter and uses straightforward rhythms.  This rhythmic simplicity combined with the reasonable range would make this piece approachable by an advanced high school student.

 

Composer Koetsier, Jan
Dates (1911-2006)
Duration 4:00
Horn Range Bb2 to Ab5
Level Medium
Clef Treble and “Old-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Mute
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region Netherlands/Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Moderate
Movements One Movement