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CONCERT WORKS - JAMES HORNER

Latest update: May 02, 2015

Conversations (1976)
 
In 1976, at the famous UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), James Horner received a "Master's Degree" in theory and music composition. On this occasion he wrote a piece of chamber music entitled “Conversations” for a total of 16 musicians, including two sopranos, and based on a text by the Russian poet Andrei Vosnesenskii. 
 
Spectral Shimmers (1978)
 
James Horner had worked hard on this 1978 avant-garde composition, which had been played once and only once by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on January 25, 1979, in a room half full. This is actually that piece that pushed him to abandon the university community and caused a decisive turn for the young artist's career.
 
A Forest Passage (2000)
 
A composition commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreational Area in Ohio.
 
Flight (2010)
 
This 12-minute work was written for The Flying Horsemen, a trio of P-51 aerial acrobatics pilots with whom Horner occasionally flies. This piece is sometimes referred to as “Flight Demonstration Music”, as the Flying Horsemen have choreographed their air show routines to this music. The piece was available in early 2012 in the iTunes Store under the title, “Write Your Soul”, along with a 4-minute piece titled, “The Fourth Horseman”, presumably a musical reflection on his own experiences flying with the three aerial aces.
“In 2010, I was part of an aerobatic display team whose members asked me to compose and record an orchestral piece that would epitomize the beauty of flight, to which the team could choreograph and perform a thrilling aerial “dance” of precision loops and rolls at 800 feet for an audience often numbering close to 160,000 people!
The concept was to give the impression of a live symphony orchestra performing outdoors against the backdrop of a vast airplane-filled sky… something that had never been done before.”
James Horner
Source: pacificsymphony.org
 
Pas de Deux (2014)
 
A Double Concerto for violin and cello, which will premiere at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, reopening for the occasion after five months of renovation. It will be performed by Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, and the orchestra will be conducted by Vasily Petrenko. This event will mark the beginning of the 175th season of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
An album is to be released by Mercury Classics (Universal) in spring 2015.
 
Collage (2015)

The world premiere of Collage, the new concerto for four horns and orchestra composed by James Horner, took place on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. This work was co-commissioned by the Houston Symphony and the International Horn Society. Next year the Houston Symphony will perform the North American premiere of this concerto.


Find all our articles about the concert works below:
 

COLLAGE – THE LAST WORK

Collage - The Last Work is a James Horner compilation album that you’ll definitely want to listen to - and will revisit time and again. It not only presents the concert piece that lends the album its title, but also serves up generous re-recordings of cues from previous scores, one in an absolutely stunning new arrangement. To put the icing on the cake, the album offers two excellent suites from the 2012 student film, First in Flight, one of Horner’s final scores, in a stellar orchestral performance that enriches the score originally recorded for the film, which was performed electronically

COLLAGE – THE LAST WORK – EXCLUSIVE REVIEW

It is only one year and a half after its world premiere performance in London that Collage is at last brought to the general public’s knowledge on a dedicated album: Collage – The Last Work. Recorded in London on May 30th, 2015, Collage is indeed James Horner’s last recording and his last concert work. A few weeks after we learnt about his passing, it was revealed that James had composed suites and themes for Antoine Fuqua’s latest film The Magnificent Seven, based on the script only. So it would appear that those suites are James Horner’s last work, at least

JAMES HORNER TALKS ABOUT COLLAGE

After a short 30 second clip posted a few days ago, Mercury Classics continues the promotional campaign for the album,  Collage - The Last Work, by publishing a rather exceptional video where we see James Horner talking about Collage on May 30, 2015. This is to our knowledge, the last recordings of the Maestro speaking of his work.   The last smile ...   The album is available to pre-order from today along with the first track ‘Jose’s Martyrdom’ being released today. Amazon iTunes Spotify Collage - The Last Work is scheduled for release on September 23, 2016 We will soon publish our exclusive preview of this very beautiful album.   Find

COLLAGE: NEW DETAILS AND TWO COPIES TO WIN

In early June we announced the release of Collage for this fall. Amazon.com and Beucher.de have provided new details. The album, titled "Collage - The Last Work" will be released on September 23, 2016. Mercury Classics will make an official announcement in a couple of days which will be followed by audio excerpts, video footage ...   Aside from Collage which has a 22 minute duration, the album will feature new interpretations of music from Legends of The Fall, For Greater Glory, Wolf Totem, Iris, Aliens and for the first time two pieces of music from the 2012 short film First in Flight. After

EXCLUSIVE: A CD FOR JAMES HORNER’S COLLAGE

It has been a year now that so many of you have inquired about a release of Collage. We just received information that it will be physically released this fall. We cannot tell you more because the record label naturally prefers to keep all the information for its official announcement in a couple of weeks. Just know that this album will be full of surprises!   Collage was recorded by Simon Rhodes on May 30, 2015, with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, the four horn players (Richard Watkins, David Pyatt, John Ryan and James Thatcher), conductor Jaime Martin and composer James Horner. It was

PAS DE DEUX TO BE PERFORMED IN LOS ANGELES

On August 25th 2016, a few months short of two years after the world premiere in Liverpool, James Horner’s double concerto Pas de Deux will be performed in America for the first time. Mari and Håkon Samuelsen will be joined by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Bramwell Tovey for the American premiere of the piece. The concert will be held at the Hollywood Bowl and in addition to Pas de Deux, pieces by Bernard Herrmann, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin will be performed. Five and a half years after the Samuelsens first met James Horner in Los Angeles and

FOND MEMORIES - EPISODE 1: 1953-1978 - A MUSICAL EDUCATION

Fond Memories is our step-by-step overview of James Horner’s career. This article is the first in a long series which tries to be as complete as can be. If you have information that can supplement this episode, please do not hesitate to contact us. James Roy Horner was born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1953, the year Sergei Prokofiev died, as if Horner’s first steps in this world were a sly wink to the creator of Romeo and Juliet, one of the Maestro’s musical fathers. He was the eldest son of Harry Horner (July 24, 1910 - December 5, 1994),

COLLAGE: SOUVENIRS FROM LONDON

Photo credit: © Etienne Walter   After the overwhelming revelation that was Pas De Deux and the magical days we spent with James Horner and Hakon and Mari Samuelsen in Liverpool during November 2014, it was hard for us to resist attending the world premiere of Collage, a concerto for four horns. So we set out to London toward the end of March 2015, full of enthusiasm and eager to discover this new concert work. Five months prior to the premiere, James Horner had told us that he hadn’t really started work on Collage, even though he was toying with a few ideas.

COLLAGE: INTERVIEW WITH DAVID PYATT

Photo credit: © Etienne Walter   We had a chance to sit with David Pyatt, one of the four horn soloists for James Horner’s Collage, a concerto for four horns and orchestra.  As is apparent from the words themselves and the tone of the interview, this interview was conducted before James Horner’s death this summer.  We spoke with David on March 27, 2015 at Royal Festival Hall, the day of the premiere performance of Collage.   JHFM: We want to know a little bit about the story, how this work came to life. PYATT: We've worked with James Horner--I've probably worked with him first about

THE NORWEGIAN PREMIERE OF PAS DE DEUX: A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES HORNER, MARI AND HÅKON SAMUELSEN

The following articles were written in May, shortly after the Nordic premiere of Pas de Deux in Stavanger. They have been left unaltered as a reminder of the bright and eventful time in the months preceding James Horner’s death, both for the musicians and fans alike. We also present here, our final interview with James Horner, conducted on the morning of May 14. 2015, together with Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. A huge thank you to Mari Samuelsen, Håkon Samuelsen, Torodd Wigum, Eric Rigler and Clara Sanabras for your time and your kindness in talking with me for these interviews. Also a

PAS DE DEUX: A DANCE CONCERTO

This article was written in May 2015 and was to be part of our special dossier on Pas De Deux and the concert in Stavanger for the first issue of Allegretto.   Now that James Horner feels he has more or less achieved what he wanted to achieve in film scoring, he makes a foray into the concert hall, a world he grew up in but said his goodbyes to well over three decades ago. Of his own admission, it is with a sense of trepidation that he embarks on this career shift, learning from fellow film composers before him that it

NORWEGIAN PREMIERE OF PAS DE DEUX - THE BIG DAY

Six months after the world premiere in Liverpool, Mari and Håkon Samuelsen brings Pas De Deux to their home country of Norway in a spectacular concert in Stavanger, which also saw James Horner himself conduct suites from Braveheart, Titanic and Wolf Totem. Wednesday morning, I attended the dress rehearsal for the concert. This was my first time hearing Pas De Deux, which I will come back to later. In short, the concert audience were in for a treat! The other selections from the programme also sounded great and ready for live performance. Still, they were making small adjustments. Both Torodd Wigum

NORWEGIAN PREMIERE OF PAS DE DEUX - REHEARSAL

The Stavanger Concert House is an impressive-looking building even from the outside. Opened in 2012, the Fartein Valen concert hall with its 1500 seats has already been renowned internationally for its impressive acoustics. What a great place for a night of James Horner music, including the Nordic premiere of Pas de Deux. James Horner Film Music has been fortunate to enjoy a very good relationship with Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, even preceding the Pas de Deux premier in Liverpool last fall. Once again, we have been allowed to watch up close as this unique event comes together.   As previously reported, James Horner

PAS DE DEUX: VIDEO, EXCERPTS AND 10 CDS TO WIN

Pas De Deux, the album of Håkon & Mari Samuelsen published by Mercury Classics will be available on May 11 in Norway and worldwide on May 25. Content of this album: the double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra composed by James Horner especially for the two Norwegian musicians. The work was performed for the first time in November 2014, to mark the 175th concert of the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko (see our articles).   "I've always maintained that Maestro Horner is a truly masterful composer. I bet you'll agree that this work confirms that." Ron Howard (source: Mercury Classics) The

JAMES HORNER ATTENDS NORWEGIAN PREMIERE OF PAS DE DEUX

After having to withdraw from conducting Titanic Live in London due to a shoulder injury, James Horner returns to the conductor’s podium for a concert in Stavanger, Norway, on 13 May. The main event of the concert is the Norwegian premiere of Pas De Deux, the composer’s double concerto for violin and cello, written especially for renowned Norwegian musicians Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. It will be performed by the two siblings along with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the concerto, a range of pieces from movies scored by James Horner will be performed, honoring his long and impressive

COLLAGE - THE WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON

The world premiere of Collage, the new concerto for four horns and orchestra composed by James Horner, took place on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The last rehearsal with the composer was held in the morning. Like in Liverpool on the occasion of Pas de Deux, we could see James Horner provide his final comments to the musicians and conductor Jaime Martin. In the afternoon, we had the honor to interview horn player David Pyatt on the creation of Collage, the place of the horn in James Horner’s music, and a possible recording of the

COLLAGE BY JAMES HORNER: D-10

10 days from now will be the world premiere of the latest work in concert composed by James Horner. Its name has been known for a few days: Collage: A Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra. The composer regularly draws parallels between music and painting. The name may refer to the collage technique of combining separate elements of different natures. We think, for instance, of the famous collages by Henri Matisse.     This work is co-commissioned by the Houston Symphony and the International Horn Society. Next year the Houston Symphony will perform the North American premiere of the concerto. More information here: houstonsymphony.org

PAS DE DEUX: THE TRAILER

Universal Music has just put online a video of the world premiere of Pas de Deux, which took place just a month ago in Liverpool, announcing a CD album of the double concerto for May 2015. For three minutes we hear several passages of the concert piece composed by James Horner for Mari Hakon Samuelsen: The video begins with the taiko, which signals the spectacular finale of Pas de Deux. This incredible conclusion can be heard between 0'00 and 0'38 then from 1'57 to 3'12. Throughout the 30 minutes of Pas de Deux, quiet interludes interspersed between each orchestral climbs, one of them

PAS DE DEUX: AN INSIDE LOOK - PART 2

Norway, home to Hakon and Mari Samuelsen must be a welcoming country if all its inhabitants are as generous as our two talented musicians. Indeed, Mari and Hakon spontaneously invited us to come to Liverpool to attend a part of the adventure Pas de Deux. And what an adventure! Wednesday evening, we were invited to a rehearsal of the work composed by James Horner. The session lasted an hour in a Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, whose renovation was almost complete. Artistic Director Sandra Parr reassured us by confirming us that everything would be ready for the big premiere the following evening.     Members

PAS DE DEUX - WORLD PREMIERE: PRESS REVIEWS

In early anticipation of our own articles, we collect here all the articles published in the press about Pas de Deux, the double concerto written by James Horner, the world premiere of which took place on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Here are two interviews where James Horner discusses the creation of Pas de Deux and his reasons for returning to the concert world.   Titanic and Avatar composer turns his hand to ballet with work premiering with RLPO By Catherine Jones, 10th November 2014     How I wrote… Pas de Deux – James Horner By Rob Weinberg, 13th November

PAS DE DEUX: AN INSIDE LOOK - PART 1

In addition to being charming and talented musicians, Hakon and Mari Samuelsen are also accessible and generous. Indeed they didn't hesitate an instant to share with us the genesis of Pas de Deux, the Double Concerto for violin and cello composed by James Horner whose world premieres are scheduled for 13 and 14 November 2014. We are very pleased to publish their first words on the creative process of this major musical event.   In 2012 we learnt that James Horner was composing a double concerto for violin and cello. The composer's comments on your site date back from 2011; this is

A TITLE AND A CD FOR THE DOUBLE CONCERTO!

The charismatic violin and cello duo Mari and Hakon Samuelsen has announced us via Mercury Classics that the first album of their exclusive long-term recording partnership recently entered into with the record company will be James Horner's double concerto.   Entitled Pas de deux, the album is scheduled for release next Spring 2015. Commissioned for Mari and Hakon to expand the repertoire for violin and cello duo, the piece will be premiered and recorded with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.   This is very good news for those who will not be attending the two concerts in November 2014

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR HORNER'S DOUBLE CONCERTO

According to an article in the Liverpool Echo, the world premiere double concerto for violin and cello composed by James Horner will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.   UPDATE: The performances of James Horner's Double Concerto will now take place on 13 and 14 November.     This event will mark the beginning of the 175th season of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the tickets sales of which will start July 7.   The concert will take place at the Philharmonic Hall, which will reopen for the occasion after five months of renovation. It will be performed by Mari and Hakon Samuelsen. The orchestra will be conducted by Vasily Petrenko (pictural).   As

UPDATED: WORLD CONCERT PREMIER OF JAMES HORNER’S “FLIGHT”

The Pacific Symphony in Orange County, CA, is performing a program reflecting concert works by composers mostly known for film, in which they will perform the World Concert Premier of James Horner’s “Flight” (retitled by the composer).   This 12-minute work was written for The Flying Horsemen, a trio of P-51 aerial acrobatics pilots with whom Horner occasionally flies. This piece is sometimes referred to as “Flight Demonstration Music”, as the Flying Horsemen have choreographed their air show routines to this music. The piece was available in early 2012 in the iTunes Store under the title, “Write Your Soul”, along with

NEW JAMES HORNER COMMISSIONED WORK - FOR FOUR HORNS!

The London Philharmonic Orchestra reports that they will perform several commissioned works the 2014-2015 season, including the world premier of a concert work by James Horner, "for four horns." On March 27, 2015, Horner's new concert work will be showcased between performances of Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. This proceeds another concert work we've also reported on: a double concerto for violin and cello, to premier in Liverpool this November.   One of the four horn players is frequent James Horner collaborator, James Thatcher. The composer himself has a special relationship with the French horn, both

NEWS REGARDING JAMES HORNER'S DOUBLE CONCERTO

The new version of Mari and Håkon Samuelsen's website has been online for a few days. The new website features a tab especially dedicated to James Horner. From there, we learn that the world premiere of the Double Concerto, composed by James Horner, will be held in November 2014 for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's 175th anniversary. Regarding this work, there's also a note from the composer, dated 2011: "I thought it would be a great challenge for myself as a composer to write a concerto for violin and cello. I was also so honoured that Mari and Håkon, musicians of