This energetic work by Gordon Jacob was written for Dennis Brain and has become a standard piece in the horn’s solo repertoire.  The first movement is often performed alone and contains a cadenza, written by Gordon Jacob.  It requires good flexibility, clear articulation, and a strong high register.  The second movement, which is performed without pause into the third, is lyrical in style and features a plain and woeful melody.  The third movement is highly technical and contains the piece’s only lip trill.  This movement requires a rapid single tongue or, if played at a fast enough tempo, double tonguing.  The movement’s flashy and ostentatious technical sections contrast nicely with its lyrical passages.


Composer Jacob, Gordon
Dates (1895-1984)
Duration 22:00
Horn Range C3 to C6
Level Difficult
Clef Treble Clef and “New-Notation” Bass Clef
Techniques Mute, Glissando, Lip Trill, Rapid Tonguing
Era/Style 20th Century
Country/Region England
Accompaniment Available Band, Orchestra, Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Moderate


Movements Duration Level Range
I. Allegro 9:03 Difficult C3 to C6
II. Andante 6:28 Difficult B3 to A5
III. Rondo: Allegro 6:00 Difficult C3 to C6