Music for Horn by Alec Wilder

Many horn players are least familiar with one or two works by Alec Wilder – most likely his three  sonatas for horn and piano or the Suite for Horn and Piano – but he also wrote many other works featuring the horn as either a soloist or as part of a chamber ensemble. The following list of Alec Wilder’s works with horn is taken from Alec Wilder: A Bio-Bibliography, by David Demsey and Ronald Prather, Greenwood Press, 1993. If you already know Wilder’s sonatas and the suite, track down a copy and recording of some of the following works – any of them would make a great addition to your next recital or chamber music concert.

Horn Alone/Horn and Piano

Four Easy Pieces for Horn and Piano (1966)

Little Detective Suite No.1 (1978), horn

Little Detective Suite No. 2 (1980), horn

Little Detective Suite No. 3 (1979), horn

Six Short Studies for Horn

Sonata No. 1 for Horn and Piano (1958)

Sonata No. 2 for Horn and Piano (1964)

Sonata No. 3 for Horn and Piano (1970)

Suite for Horn and Piano (1960)

Twelve Etudes for Solo Horn (c. 1976)

Mixed Ensembles

Air for Saxophone with Brass Septet (1972) alto saxophone, 3 horns, 3 trombones, tuba

Around the Horn, oboe, 4 horns, harpsichord, guitar, bass, drums

Horns and Oboe, oboe, 4 horns, harpsichord, guitar, bass, drums

Moosacaglia (1974), oboe, bassoon, horn

Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1954)

Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1960)

Entertainment No. 4 for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1972)

Five Love Songs for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1980)

John Barrows: French Horn and Chamber Orchestra (1980)

Slow Dance (1945), woodwind quintet and orchestra

Suite for Brass Quintet and Strings (1963)

Suite for Horn and Strings (1966)

Theme and Variations (1945), woodwind quintet and string orchestra

Quintet for Horn and String Quartet (1967)

Seven Duets for Horn and Bassoon (1969)

Sextet for Marimba and Wind Quintet (1978)

Six Duets for Horn and Cello

Solo Suite for Horn and Improvisatory Percussion (1954)

Suite for Baritone Sax, Horn and Wind Quintet (1971)

Suite for Baritone Sax, Woodwind Sextet, Bass and Drums (1971)

Suite for Clarinet, Horn and Piano (1964)

Woodwind Quintet

Woodwind Quintet Nos. 1-13

The World’s Most Beautiful Girls (arrangement)

Brass Ensembles

Brass Quintet Nos. 1-8

Eight Studies for Three Horns (c. 1968)

Elegy (1976), solo tuba, 3 trumpets, 3 horns, 3 trombones

Four for Four (1962), 4 horns

Four Studies for Four Horns (1962)

Fourteen Duets, 2 horns

Jazz Suite for Four Horns (1951), 4 horns, harpsichord, guitar, bass, drums

Nonet (1969), 8 horns, tuba

Short Suite, 4 horns

Six by Four, 4 horns

Six Trios, 3 horns

Suite for Horn and Tuba (1978)

Suite No.1 for Four Horns

Suite No. 1 for Horn, Tuba and Piano (1962)

Suite No. 2 for Horn, Tuba and Piano (1971)

Trio for Brass (c. 1970), trumpet, horn, trombone

Twenty-two Duets (1968), 2 horns

Two Simple Studies (1968) 4 horns

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Hi Kirsten,

Off the top of my head, there’s a piece by John Stevens called Triangles. It’s a very nice piece, challenging but playable by an advanced college group. It is published by Editions Bim.

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