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Writing for Horn - Call for Composers

In July 2005 Composition:Today will record a unique workshop for composers interested in writing for the French Horn, Wagner Tuba, Natural Horn, or Baroque Horn. We are looking for short extracts (not necessarily finished works) for any of these instruments. Extracts can even be a single bar, testing out a particular technique, or can even be just a question (eg. How high can you comfortably trill?), or they might be short pieces (1 page max).

The session will be recorded by top UK Horn player Tim Jackson (currently guest principal horn with orchestras including the RPO, LPO and others), and performed extracts and examples will be available to the public on the C:T site at a later date. By sending in your work you grant us a permanent license to use a recording of the extract on the CompositionToday website. On your entry please state whether you wish the extract to remain anonymous or not if it is published on the C:T site. Anyone may send in an extract or a question, but priority will be given to CompositionToday members. Whilst we do anticipate being able to perform all extracts, we do not guarantee that all entries will be performed.

Suggested areas to explore:

  • Muted and stopped sounds
  • Non-tempered tuning using natural harmonics
  • Use of low register
  • Double and tripple tonguing

Even if you are not writing a piece at the moment, why not send in a few bars as an experiment. You'll be able to check back to the site in a few weeks to see how it sounds!

Deadline for entries: 21 July 2005

Please send your question, or a digital copy of your extract (Sibelius or Finale) to

or by post to:
Red Balloon
PO BOX 850
St Albans
United Kingdom