Low Horn Suite no.2 for Horn and Piano
The repertoire specifically written for the low horn tends to focus mainly on the virtuosistic level. We can find several good etude books for practicing the low range on a student approach, but not many pieces. Following the Low Horn Suite (no.1), this piece was also written to fill this lack of repertory and it is thought to be played on the B flat side of the horn. This characteristic allows this piece to be idiomatically played on a Trombone or on an Euphonium.
Technically speaking, for most of the horn players, it is written in their embouchure shift range. If played on a double horn, it is a good piece for working the thumb movement. It is written on both treble and Bass clef, including ledger lines, so it is a good option for practicing different clef reading. Being focused on the low and medium-low range, makes this a good repertoire choice for practicing embouchure shifts and for players doing a orthodontic treatment as well.
The first movement “Till Eulenspiegel is back!” is inspired by an historical character that according to the european legend is related with many pranks. So it is very funny music based on jumps. There is a central section with a satirical character, exploring the cantabile qualities of the medium-low range.
Next, “Sunset” it is based on a calm melody, including several expressive range shifts.
Finally, “Dance” as suggested, it is a dance alternating 7/8 and 9/8 time signatures. A joyful rhythmic chalenge for both players!