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Gunther Schuller

Publisher: AMP

Quintet for Horn and Strings (2009)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Mixed Ensemble
Year Composed
18 Minutes
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Programme Note
Gunther Schuller Quintet for Horn and Strings (2009)
July 26 2009
Julie Landsman, horn
Miró Quartet
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe, NM

Composer note:
The best way to hear my music is to listen to it holistically. And that is to say, not for any particular melodies or familiar harmonies, but for the whole composite of the sounds made by the five instruments. A good idea is to close your eyes and listen undistracted by anything visual. Basically, music is a fusion of shapes, sometimes strange and new, and instrumental colors.

— Gunther Schuller

  • 26 JUL 2009
    St. Paul, MN
    Chamber Music Society of Minnesota
  • 26 JUL 2009
    Museum of Fine Arts: St. Francis Auditorium
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
    Julie Landsman, horn; Miros Quartet

    Other Dates:
    27 July - Museum of Fine Arts: St. Francis Auditorium

The opening Moderato is largely for horn obbligato over busy string passagework. The Lento that follows takes the form of a quiet serenade, the horn in sotto voce. After a brief agitated section, the movement returns to music of the night. The concluding Rondo, again, gives the strings plenty to do, with interjections and distorted hunting calls from the horn. And then it’s abruptly, inconclusively over.
John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter,29/07/2009
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