(ca. 6' 22'')

  

Published in October 2013 by AvA Musical Editions 

 

Also available at: arpeggio • Casa dos Músicos • Köbl  • June Emerson

 

 

Little suite for horn and piano divided into 4 easy movements, written for horn beginners.

 

  

(ca. 1'41'') 

 

 

Hello Siegfried!- It is a hunting style piece very fun and easy to play called "Hello Siegfried". It includes some quotations from  Wagner's Siegfried. 

(ca. 1'24'') 

 

 

Slow Boogie – It is a great piece to introduce the swing to young players and to teach them how to count long notes and music rests. If practiced after the "Hello Siegfried" it is easier to swing as the previous movement is written in 6/8 just like a written swing...

 

(ca. 1'36'') 

 

 

Shanghai - Its a small counterpoint piece based on a pentatonic scale. 

  

(ca. 1'42'') 

 

 

Penta Blues - A blues written in 5/8! A great piece to introduce 5/8 metrics to young students as it is written within one octave range after middle C (both 3+2 and 2+3 metrics and even 3+2 against 2+3).

Reviews

Click here for Dr. James Boldin's review at jamesboldin.com

 

 

Ricardo Matosinhos has been a busy composer! His latest submission to The Horn Call is an attractive collection of suites designed for young players. Inspired by his students, these pieces offer "different tempi, styles, time signatures (including the odd ones), swing, stopped notes, flutter tongue, but in a relatively short range.. .keeping the pieces interesting and demanding, but not too difficult to play..." The first suite has the four easiest movements, titled Hello Siegfried! (hunting style with quotes!). Slow Boogie (swing in 6/8), Shanghai (pentatonic scale), and Penta Blues (a blues in 5/8). The overall range for the horn is a twelfth (f-c") and the pieces are organized with increasing difficulty in range and rhythm. The second suite has three movements "of moderate difficulty": Earth's Dance (jazzy/folk influenced piece with stopped notes and syncopation). Drunkard's Dance (tango plus more), and Circus (a "funny" piece with flutter tongue and stopped notes). For this second suite, the range is set a little higher (c-f') and the challenges are more numerous. The third suite also has three pieces, "good for intermediate level students": Fanfare (based on different arpeggios). Piano Bar (a calm swing piece, with a small improvisation for both horn and piano), and Heroic Rondo (traditional hunting style with meter changes). The range for this last set is almost two full octaves (a-g") and the expectations for the hornist are another step forward.

I found these suites quite charming and, at 5-6 minutes each, the sets of pieces are well-paced and well-crafted. I especially appreciate the progression of the individual solos, as well as the technical and musical challenges presented - nicely thought out and appropriate for the identified levels. The piano parts are quite playable and complement and support the horn and the prescribed styles very well. The publisher has also provided a free bonus - downloadable mp3 play-along support files with and without horn. While they may not like every piece equally, I believe teachers will find these to be quite useful and I hope students will find them to be as much fun to play as we did. 

–Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Music and Book Reviews,

“The Horn Call”, Journal of the International Horn Society, Volume XLV, No. 1, October 2014