Inventions is a series
of short, lively movements for horn and piano. The
piece was commissioned by hornist Francis Massinon, professor
of French horn at Austin Peay State University, for premiere
on the university's Dimensions New Music concert series. A
composer himself, Professor Massinon studied composition
with Elizabeth Vercoe during her residency at the university
holding the Acuff Chair of Excellence in 2003 and
following this experience requested a piece for his own instrument.
resulting five movements are all brief and generally
of a breezy, often contrapuntal
nature. The fourth movement, leading without pause into
the fifth movement, is for solo horn; all others include piano.
In addition to Professor
Massinon's performances in Tennessee, the piece was performed
by Paul Stevens at
Northwestern University in Louisiana and at the University of
Kansas in Lawrence in 2008 and by hornist Jed Hacker on the 2010
New Music Festival at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.