Alla Caccia is a fun, fast-paced work by Alan Abbott that recalls the horn’s origin as a hunting instrument.  Structured in ternary form, the work’s opening and closing sections are in 6/8 time with a lilting hunting feel, while the middle section is a contrasting sostenuto segment that alternates between 4/4, 5/4, and 3/2 meters.  The composition demands good air support to facilitate fast, yet smooth slurs, and it also requires the use of stopped horn to produce an echo effect.  The range of the work is not too difficult; however, there is an optional low Ab (Ab2) and an optional high C (C6) at the end.  This playful piece makes an excellent recital opener or closer


Composer Abbott, Alan
Dates (b. 1926)
Duration 3:00
Horn Range Eb3 to Ab5
Level Difficult
Clef Treble and “New-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Stopped Horn
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficuly Moderate
Movements One Movement