Horn and Piano duet (4 hands) | Duration: 2 minutes
An old French dance–tune, often played as an encore by Dennis Brain. This arrangement first performed by Christopher Owen, Catherine Matthews and John Blood at the 1997 Hawkshead Summer Music Festival.
Written in 1973 for Christopher Blood, who performed it to win the Manns Brass Prize at the RCM the same year. First public performance in revised version, 1982 BMS concert, Chelsea College – Christopher Blood (Tpt) John Blood (piano). A showy concert piece: slow introduction, then fast and jazzy.
This arrangement of the 1787 piano Rondo highlights its affinities with Don Giovanni (written the same year) and the increasingly dark quality of Mozart’s late style. First performed by Alison Balsom (Tpt) and Iain Farrington (Piano) at Harewood House, near Leeds, on 28th November 2003.
Commissioned by the Earl and Countess of Harewood and first performed by Alison Balsom (Tpt) and Iain Farrington (Piano) at Harewood House, near Leeds, on 28th November 2003. London premiere at the Wigmore Hall on 9th December, 2003. A virtuoso concert–piece for both instruments, this important addition to the repertoire stems from a phrase used by Lorca about the nature of performance. It is in two movements: a jazzy blues, and a dreamy finale subtitled Sueño (Dream).