The Alec Wilder Sonata No. 3 for Horn and Piano is not the typical classical sonata.  As evidenced in the title of the third movement, it contains many jazz elements, including laid-back triplets, pitch-bending, and glissandi.  It also contains some difficult rhythms, in numerous, sometimes mixed meters: 6/8, 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, 5/4.  There are frequent accidentals and wide leaps; however, there are minimal lip trills, fast articulated passages, and no bass clef.  The piece, while fun to play, requires a strong range and rhythmic skills.  It adds nice diversity to a recital program. 


Composer Wilder, Alec 
Dates (1907-1980)
Duration 13:00
Horn Range Eb3 to Bb5
Level Medium/Difficult
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Glissando, lip trills, mute, stopped horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region United States
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficuly Easy/Hard


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Moderately fast 3:17 Medium/Difficult Gb3 to Bb5
II. Slowly 4:32 Medium/Difficult D#3 to Bb5
III. With a solid beat and a jazz feeling 2:48 Medium/Difficult Eb3 to Bb5
IV. Tempo di Valse-Joyously 2:48 Medium/Difficult D3 to Bb5