A performer's guide to works for horn and piano by Dana Wilson
Hranac, Sarah Elaine
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Dana Wilson (b. 1946) is a contemporary American composer. His compositions encompass a variety of ensembles including works for orchestra, band, chorus, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. Due to his jazz background and interest in non-Western rhythms and tonalities, Wilson’s unique compositional voice provides both a challenge for the performer and a provocative listening experience for the audience. This document focuses on Wilson’s works for horn and piano, with its goal being to describe the characteristic Dana Wilson horn sound in terms of the elements of music. It will also provide a guide to performance practice specifically for his works involving horn and piano. The pieces to be examined in this document are Deep Remembering (1995) for horn and piano; Musings (2003) for horn and piano; and Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers (2007) for horn, violin, and piano. It is the intent that the resultant information will provide horn players and teachers with a resource that will help facilitate a greater knowledge and understanding of Dana Wilson’s music as well as promote thoughtful and satisfying performances of that literature.