CONCERTO FOR FRENCH HORN AND STRINGS

Year composed

Scored for

Duration

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1966

French Horn and Strings

20 minutes

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Premiered in Zagreb, APR 17 1967, Prerad Detiček, French horn, RTZ Chamber Orchestra, conductor: Pavle Dešpalj

CD French Horn Concerti, Prerad Detiček (HDS, Music Biennale Zagreb, 1996)

Program notes

When generating ideas for this piece, I was very much aware of the fact that the literature for French horn is scarce. So I have decided to compose a concerto that will put in focus the possibilities of the instrument, consciously putting the exploration of new musical language  aside This should not been taken literally since these assertions don`t necessarily exclude one another, but on the contrary. After accepting such starting position, musical ideas came spontaneously: from the interval of fourth and fifth with a rhythmical shape of a signal, one of the ancient elements of french horn. On the other hand I wanted to objectify the favorite instrument of the romantic expression having inconsciously on my mind the cool jazz and similar proceedings. I had a solid idea of making the french horn and the orchestra have equal importance and intensity in the formation of the musical organism.

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