A performance guide for Wolfgang Plagge's music for horn
Strickland, Carrie Darise
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Wolfgang Plagge is an eminent Norwegian composer and pianist who, in recent years, developed a special interest in composing works for horn. Most of these compositions were commissioned by the Norwegian hornist Frøydis Ree Wekre, who has performed and promoted these works internationally, particularly in Norway and the United States. In addition to Prof. Wekre’s efforts, other hornists, including Karl Kramer and Javier Bonet, have promoted Plagge’s works. Even with this interest, no definitive source of information on these works exists. This apparent lack of information, combined with hornists’ interest in new music, suggests a need for this study. The guide is intended as a resource for hornists looking to include a variety of recent works in their repertoire; it consists of performance considerations, relevant theoretical issues, interviews with performers as well as the composer, and information regarding available recordings.