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This treatise examines how John Barrows helped contribute to the expansion of the horn repertoire. Barrows accomplished this in several ways. First, he had a very close relationship with composer Alec Wilder. Wilder wrote several pieces for solo horn and piano, each of these for John Barrows. An in-depth look at Barrows's playing style reveals that it is complimentary of Alec Wilder's compositional style for the horn. Second, Barrows was an active chamber musician. During his time with the New York Woodwind Quintet, Barrows premiered roughly twenty new works for woodwind quintet and Barrows was instrumental in the creation of Barber's Summer Music. The relationship between Barrows and Alec Wilder also brought many new pieces to the chamber horn repertoire, including works for the tuba, horn, and piano, which were the first pieces written for this ensemble. Finally, Barrows himself was also a composer and two of his pieces for younger horn players are published as well as a woodwind quintet and a horn trio. A collection of his unpublished works is held in the Mills Music Library at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Through Barrows's efforts, the amount of works for solo horn and for horn in the chamber setting increased substantially.
Alec Wilder, horn, John Barrows, literature, The New York Woodwind Quintet
Date of Defense
April 12, 2016.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Michelle Stebleton, Professor Directing Treatise; Alice-Ann Darrow, University Representative; Jonathan Holden, Committee Member; Christopher Moore, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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