Paul Basler’s Folk Songs for Horn and Piano (1995-1996) illustrate his compositional prowess, give horn players the opportunity to perform arrangements of great melodies from around the world, and are the perfect vehicle for teaching numerous musical and rhythmic concepts. 1  The set consists of seven folk songs from different nations, with the difficulty ranging from easy to moderately difficult.

While compiled and published in a set, any of the folk songs may be extracted and performed as a separate, complete work.  This set of folk songs is an audience-friendly work that is also kind to the performer’s endurance.  When separated out, Alegría, Hills of Arirang, and Shenandoah are all church-venue appropriate, while Funiculì, Funiculà and The Drunken Sailor are crowd-pleasing encores.


Composer Basler, Paul
Dates (b. 1963)
Duration 14:00
Horn Range G3 to C6
Level Easy/Difficult
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques Glissando, Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region Multiple (Composer – United States)
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficuly Easy/Moderate


Movements Duration Level Range
Alegría 1:14 Easy F4 to F5
Funiculì, Funiculà 1:57 Easy C#4 to F#5
Round Dance 1:16 Easy C4 to G5
Hills of Arirang 1:40 Easy D4 to D5
Nihavend Sarki 1:48 Medium B3 to F#5
The Drunken Sailor 1:40 Difficult G#3 to C6
Shenandoah 3:25 Easy Bb3 to Eb5