• Elegy – Horn and Piano

    Elegy (for Herbert A. Spencer) was written to musically express both the emotions of loss and the joyful memories of his exceptional teacher. In the words of the composer ” When hopelessness and darkness seem all encompassing, an off-stage horn enters. This voice, the voice of Herb Spencer, offers serenity and reassurance to those living in his absence. Upon the on-stage horn’s re-entry, only an accompaniment without melody is heard. The voicing of the last chord in the piano crosses the accompanists' thumbs, signaling my reluctant acceptance of his passing, with hands folded.”

    Herb Spencer was professor of horn at Bowling Green State University for 29 years.  The composer was his student for the final four years. He passed away in September 2000 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.)

    Written as a gift to this renowned horn player’s widow, Elegy was premiered in 2005 at the 37th International Horn Society Summer Symposium by Grammy Award Winner Andrew Pelletier.

    This is an incredibly beautiful and sensitive addition to the solo horn literature by this talented composer.

    The audio excerpt is from the live premiere performance, Andrew Pelletier, soloist. (Used with permission.)

    All of the composer's royalties are being donated to The Herbert Spencer Student Horn Fund. If you wish to make an additional contribution, please send a tax deductible donation to: BGSU Foundation, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.  Make all checks payable to “BGSU Foundation” and please write “Herbert Spencer Student Horn Fund” in the memo line of your check.

    Composer: Ryan Nowlin
    Instrumentation: F Horn & Piano
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 8:35 / 11 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $20.00
  • Forbidden – Horn and Piano

    Commissioned by Grammy-award winning horn player Andrew Pelletier, this very fast-paced and highly energetic piece draws its inspiration from the final moments of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s fly in his poem: The Death of the Fly (1810).

    “WITH eagerness he drinks the treach'rous potion,

    Nor stops to rest, by the first taste misled;
    Sweet is the draught, but soon all power of motion

    He finds has from his tender members fled;
    No longer has he strength to plume his wing,
    No longer strength to raise his head, poor thing!
    E'en in enjoyment's hour his life he loses,
    His little foot to bear his weight refuses;
    So on he sips, and ere his draught is o'er,
    Death veils his thousand eyes for evermore.”

    Premiered in 2006 on Andrew Pelletier’s recital entitled American Journey at Bowling Green State University, this piece begins as the fly takes his first sip of the forbidden potion. The simultaneous euphoria and terror is explored as the fly realizes his fate. With one final hurrah, he finishes his drink and “death veils his thousand eyes for evermore.”

    The audio excerpt is from the live premiere performance, Andrew Pelletier, soloist. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Ryan Nowlin
    Instrumentation: F Horn & Piano
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:35 / 19 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: N/A

    Score & Parts $20.00