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Work

1971, r. 2012
Duration:
20' 00"
Instrumentation:
3[1.2.picc.]23[1.2.bass cl.]2; 4331; timp., 3 perc., harp, solo horn, strings
Contents:
single movement in five sections with and introduction and a coda

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application/pdf,187k Score (187k) pages 1-8© John Rimmer

External Media on Demand

NZBCSO c.Alex Lindsay, Marcel Lambert (horn), 1974.
NZSO, Sam Jacobs (horn), Hamish McKeich (conductor), 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Programme Note

A concerto for horn and orchestra, Explorations- Discoveries was composed in the early 1970’s at a time when the James Cook bicentenary was being celebrated. Just as the famous sailor explored and discovered, so to the composing of the work.

The work is structured in five interrelated sections contrasting fast with slow preceded by a slow introduction and concluding with a slow coda. All these sections orbit a central palindrome.

The horn is treated both lyrically and dramatically. Its music covers a wide range of pitch and dynamics and the instrument frequently is in dialogue with the orchestral horns.

Explorations – Discoveries was first performed in 1975 at a studio recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Lindsay with Marcel Lambert as the horn soloist.

Difficulty:
Advanced
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Performance History

20 Mar 1974 Performed by NZBCSO conducted by Alex Lindsay, Marcel Lambert (horn), 20th March 1974.
27 Nov 2013 New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sam Jacobs (horn), Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

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