The Halsey Stevens Sonata for Horn and Piano is a delightful addition to the horn’s repertoire.  The tuneful melodies explore the horn’s entire range.  The work is presented in a straightforward manner.  It is charming in its simplicity and explores a variety of moods, from happy to melancholic and dark.  These vast arrays of mood changes are accompanied by a dramatic display of the horn’s diverse timbres.  The first movement contains some meter shifts from 3/4 to 2/4 and back again.  The second movement, marked poco adagio, remains in the same meter and somber mood throughout.  The third movement, a quasi caccia, begins in 6/8 meter but then alternates larger phrases between 6/8 and 9/8.  There is another metric modulation from 6/8 to 3/4.  The piece ends with a return to 6/8 and ends in the fast tempo with which the movement began. 


Composer Stevens, Halsey
Dates (1908-1989
Duration 14:00
Horn Range C2 to C6
Level Difficult
Clef Treble Clef and “New-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Lip Trill, Stopped Horn
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region United States
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Moderate


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Allegro moderato 4:50 Difficult C2 to Bb5
II. Poco adagio 4:16 Difficult C2 to Bb5
III. Allegro 4:31 Difficult C2 to C6