Romance, a concerto for two English horns and chamber orchestra. This concerto is in seven short movements, played without pauses between them. It depicts a life-long romantic relationship, from courtship to fond memories. All relationships evolve, and this piece includes elements of flirtation, cooperation, passion, fun, boisterousness, drama, sadness, community, and quiet reflection, by use of a wide palette of orchestral colors, rhythms, and textures. The beginning depicts courtship, and the end is an elegy. The audience can participate in the
creative process by imagining the nature and events evoked by the parts between those two.
Watch a recording here.
Claude Debussy, "Rapsodie," for English Horn and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Debussy's original was for alto saxophone and orchestra, and limited the sax part to occasional lyrical passages because of the amateur commissioner of the piece. This arrangement restores all the virtuoso parts to the solo from the orchestra, takes advantage of the wide color palette of the symphonic band, and stays true to Debussy's original orchestration. Duration 12 minutes. Here is a recording.
Jean Françaix, L'Horloge de Flore, for Oboe Solo and Small Wind Ensemble (2 Flutes, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, 2 Eb Alto Saxophones [1st doubling Soprano], Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Horn in F, Marimba, String Bass). Listen to it here.