This exhilarating, fast-paced piece by Vaclav Nelhybel is an excellent recital opener or closer.  The piece is based on a single theme that grows and develops throughout the entire work.  Structured in an ABA format, the opening A section is vibrant, lively, and exciting.  It is full of syncopations, accents, and quickly-shifting dynamics.  The B section contrasts with its lyrical and expressive elongated melody.  Inserted into the B section are little tributes to the motives found in the A section.  The A section returns with some alterations.  This time it is both faster in tempo and rhythmic construction.  This piece requires excellent rhythmic skills and dynamic control.  Some players may find it difficult to put this piece together with the piano accompaniment.  The numerous syncopations in both the horn and piano parts do make the merging of the two parts complicated; however, with some study, this complication fades and the excitement of the piece emerges.


Composer Nelhybel, Vaclav
Dates (b. 1919)
Duration 3:00
Horn Range A3 to Bb5
Level Medium
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Lip Trill
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region Czechoslovakia
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy
Movements One Movement