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for horn and orchestra

Year:  1971   ·  Duration:  20m
Instrumentation:  3*23*2; 4331; timp., 3 perc., harp, solo horn, strings | (Perc: 4 susp. cymbals, maracas, bongos, 3 tom toms, claves, vibraphone, glockenspiel, wood block, snare drum)

Year:  1971
Duration:  20m
Instrumentation  3*23*2; 4331; timp., 3 perc...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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NZSO, Sam Jacobs (horn), Hamish McKeich (conductor), 2013 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

John Rimmer: Explorations-D...

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NZBCSO c.Alex Lindsay, Marcel Lambert (horn), 1974.

John Rimmer: Explorations-D...

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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.

Contents note

single movement in five sections with and introduction and a coda

Performance history

21 Mar 1974: Performed by NZBCSO conducted by Alex Lindsay, Marcel Lambert (horn), 20th March 1974.

28 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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