In 1980 I wrote a piece for Horn, Marimba and Percussion ensemble that was premiered by Gail Chesebrough in Greenville, SC. She was the secretary/treasurer of the International Horn Society at the time. While the performance was well-received, I thought the scoring was a bit thin, and wasn’t happy with the horn/marimba sonority combination. I put it away.

 

In the Spring of 2020, at the outset of the Coronavirus Pandemic. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and decided to revisit some old pieces - this being among them. The result is this Essay for Horn, Vibraphone, and Percussion - I substituted vibraharp for the marimba and took that part up an octave; I filled out the percussion section a bit, and then wrote much busier parts for those players.
 

Because the FINALE percussion playback function is very religious (i.e, “known but to God,” or “passeth all understanding”) I am unable to produce a FINALE audio extract of the piece, and it has not yet been recorded. Hopefully examine the horn part and score page will give you an idea of how it goes.

Essay for Horn, Vibraphone, and Percussion sells for $65.00 for the hard copy, $50.00 for the pdfs.

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