Allegro, Adagio and Allegro (2018) 


about 9 minutes


Horn and Piano


August 2, 2018 by Kevin Rivard, horn and Tomoko Kanamura, piano at the 50th International Horn Society Symposium at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.


Initially my thought was to write something like Adagio and Allegro, the piece for horn and piano by Robert Schumann. Schumann wrote a piece that shows off the beauty and power of the horn using a slow section followed by a flashy fast one. I stayed with that model but ended up starting instead with a fast section, which explains my title.

My music incorporates sounds I grew up with. The fast sections of my piece remind me of the horn parts to the 1st Brandenburg Concerto only here played on a heavier, modern horn. The runs throughout the piece remind me of similar passages in the Mozart horn concertos and the Mozart horn quintet. Some spots near the end remind me of the trumpet solo in Paul McCartney's, Penny Lane. The horn passages in the slow movement remind me of many of the movie soundtrack horn solos written for my teacher - Vincent DeRosa.

Allegro, Adagio and Allegro was commissioned by Kevin Rivard and is dedicated to him.

Mr. Rivard is co-principal horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and principal horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

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This recording was made 9/7/18 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County.

Kevin Rivard, horn
Mongo Buriad, piano
Leslie Ann Jones, recording engineer
Judy Kirschner, assistant engineer
Andre Zweers, protools editor