The Quincy Porter Sonata for Horn and Piano is a hidden gem in the horn’s solo repertoire.  It is a demanding work with complex rhythms and numerous meter changes, and it requires good flexibility throughout the horn’s entire range.  The first movement opens with a slow introduction before transitioning into an allegro moderato section that fluctuates between a 6/8, 9/8, and 4/8 meter.  The movement is rhythmically complex with numerous syncopations and alternating duple and triple feel.  The second movement is a slow largo that contrasts nicely to the lively, active surrounding movements.  The final movement, like the first, is an energetic allegro with numerous meter changes: 2/4, 3/4, 5/8, 7/8, 8/8, 6/8, and 9/8.  Overall, this is a fun, energetic work that challenges the performer’s range and rhythmic skills.


Composer Porter, Quincy
Dates (1897-1966)
Duration 15:00
Horn Range C2 to C6
Level Difficult/Intermediate-Advanced
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Mute
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region United States
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Easy/Moderate


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Lento-Allegro moderato 6:05 Difficult/Intermediate-Advanced E3 to Bb5
II. Largo espressivo 3:35 Difficult/Intermediate-Advanced F#3 to A5
III. Allegro molto 5:10 Difficult/Intermediate-Advanced C2 to C6