Horn Monologues
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Howard Will - horn — Horn Monologues
Release date : Mar. 06, 2020
Label : Affetto Records
  1. Charles Koechlin: Monodie, Opus 218 bis
  2. David Amram: Blues and Variations for Monk
  3. Alice Gomez: La Calavera
  4. Lev Kogan: Kaddish
  5. Lydia Lowery Busler: Appalachia
  6. Georges Barboteu: From Five Poetic Pieces/ Cinq Pieces Poetiques:
  7. I. Andante cantabile
  8. II. Mouvement trés libre
  9. IV. Allegro vivo
  10. Elizabeth Raum: Idiom
  11. Zsolt Nagy: Happy Blues
  12. Elliott Carter: Retracing II
  13. Ástor Piazzolla: Tango Etude No. 4, transcr. for Solo Horn
  14. Laura Kaminsky: Blast
  15. Phillip Ramey: No. 3 from Three Preludes
  16. Stoyan Karaivanov: Pastorale
  17. Pascal Proust: Vagabundo
  18. Erika Raum: The Confessions of St. Augustine, A Tone Poem for Solo Horn
  19. Dante Yenque: Tonada y Joropo
  20. Traditional Bulgarian: Polegnala e Todora & Gankino Horo, arr. for Solo Horn


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A longtime member of two of the world’s most renowned orchestras – The New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra, hornist Howard Wall also performs and records with the All-Star Orchestra, and is an avid chamber music proponent. Among the 19 tracks in his solo album “Horn Monologues”, 10 are world-premiere recordings. This is a kaleidoscopic collection of eclectic styles and genres ranging from Charles Koechlin’s refined impressionism and Elliott Carter’s sophisticated modernism, to Phillip Ramey’s Bartokian reflections, Erika Raum’s virtuosic tone poem, Astor Piazzolla’s melancholic tango mood, David Amram’s blues dedicated to Thelonious Monk, the unabashedly jazzy tunes of Zsolt Nagy, the poetic inspirations of Georges Barboteu, the otherworldly mysticism of Alice Gomez, the profound emotion of Lev Kogan’s Kaddish prayer, the stunning beauty and unique rhythms of Bulgarian folk music and Venezuelan joropo