Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Questionably Good Ending

Ending off this set of blog posts is another piece of homogenous brass music, this one composed for this particular set of instruments.  The Sonata for Four Horns by Paul Hindemith is one of the earliest compositions composed specifically for four horns and can be considered one of the first pieces to lead the way for the horn quartet to be a respected and established professional brass chamber ensemble.  

This recording comes from the horn players of the Summit Brass, all of which can be found in the links here.  It is a work in three movements, and is, in my opinion, one of Hindemith’s better sonatas that he composed, as it is the most musically interesting out of all the sonatas for horn and is one of my favorites to listen to.  The recording is quite good, and the professionals do a wonderful job of staying together, particularly in the very difficult third movement.  The recording was released in 1990.

1 comment:

  1. I love this work, but have often contemplated what it might sound like with tuba quartet.