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Opus 71:

Sonatina for two horns in F

(revision & completion in progress 12/2004)

The work was begun in San Francisco in 2002

This opus currently is in three fragments:

1) Sculpture VI for solo multi-phonic horn, which needs revision

2) Sonatina for two horns, which seems to be incomplete

3) Sculpture VII for five horn, which seems to be incomplete.

I seem to remember working on the duet and a similar quintet for horns during a long break when I was fortunate enough to get called to substitute in S. F. Ballet nutcracker performances, December 2002

In 2004, I was working on revising all my horn duets. I expect a volume of at least 30 duets will be available, but it has been left incomplete for now.

The title Sonatina may not hold correct, depending on how I feel, and how this piece progresses.

 

Currently the piece contains three I Ching scales: 27, 41, & 47. (27 in Bb, 41 in Bb & 47 in B)

I am using:

1) a melody of scale tones: 1 5 1 2 6 7 3 4 5 .

2) An accompaniment figure of fast alternating tones with fingering changes but not tone changes, creating a rhythmic background.

3) A cadencial idea of sliding by a half step and back, with an emphasis on the 8th tone of the scales, which is the tone that is omitted from the melody.

 

Currently the work is planed out in these sections:

41) 1 5 1

27) 1 (15 -- )

47) 1 5 3 (15 -- )

27) 1 switch

41) 1 (15 -- )

27) 1 (15 -- )

  (15 -- ) in 41, 27, 47

 
Richard Burdick's Sonatina for two horns, opus 71

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