hornist, Francis Massinon
Corollaries for Solo Horn was commissioned in 2007 for
hornist Francis Massinon for premiere on a Dimensions Concert
in November of that year at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.
The composer writes: "This solo horn piece is essentially a one-minute
theme with four variations which I have called, in this case, corollaries.
The dictionary defines a corollary as something that follows as a natural
consequence and that is my intention here: the corollaries are meant
to follow the theme naturally but not slavishly. That the word corollary
also plays on a name for the horn is simply a bonus or perhaps another
Certain characteristics of the theme find their way into most of the
variations, particularly the semitone oscillations near the beginning,
the rising octaves a little later, and the climactic high notes before
a tapering off at the end. The first variation or corollary is perhaps
the most challenging and is in quick triplets, following the theme rather
closely. The second is very slow and stately, giving only a very free
outline of the original material. Corollary 3 is a playful variation
in which the focus is on trills. The fourth and final corollary is a
crab or cancrizans variation, reversing the thematic material so that
the end turns out to be the beginning."
The score is published by Certosa Verlag in Germany.
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