Alison Davies studied music at Surrey University and then French horn with the legendary James Brown O.B.E. at the Royal Academy of Music. She worked as a freelance player in London from 1978 to 1982, and then played second horn in Leeds with Opera North from 1982 to 1986. Having stopped playing Alison embarked on studying Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Karin Greenhead at the Royal Northern College of Music between 1992 and 1995. Improvisation and composition were part of the course, as well as the study of music through movement. Alison began to write a lot, mostly for piano, but included pieces for horn which reflect the joyful kinaesthetic approach that eurhythmics brings to music - her piece 'Four Studies' for horn solo was a result of one of the courses composition assignments. Alison is now head of music at the Preparatory Department of Gateways School in Harewood, West Yorkshire, and she also teaches piano.

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Study Number Four Le Basquish is a London College of Music Grade 8 Exam Piece until further notice

Written to reflect the joyful kinaesthetic approach that Dalcroze eurhythmics brings to music, these short unaccompanied pieces are tuneful rather than atonal, although they not particularly rooted in one key. The style of the first is freely declamatory but in a haunting mood, requiring rubato and a wide dynamic range. The second piece is in a waltz style, with a sweeping tune and off beat figures, as if the horn is playing both the solo and its own accompaniment. The third piece is in ternary form in a bouncy hunting horn style with a staccato middle section. The final piece is the most virtuosic and swings along quickly with a jazzy feel, despite the 5/8 time signature. Useful pieces for the intermediate student, yet with enough substance for the more experienced. For studios, schools and use in music colleges as quick study material for fun, or as rewarding sight-reading material. Study One (Four Note Piece) was a Trinity College London exam piece between 1998 and 2001, while Study Two (One Two Three) was a Trinity College London exam piece between 1998 and 2004. Studies Three (Five Note Piece) and Four (La Basquish) were Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam pieces for grades 6 and 8 respectively between 2004 and 2012. Study Four (La Basquish) has been a London College of Music grade 8 exam piece since 2011.  

£4.95

Study Number Four Le Basquish is a London College of Music Grade 8 Exam Piece until further notice

Written to reflect the joyful kinaesthetic approach that Dalcroze eurhythmics brings to music, these short unaccompanied pieces are tuneful rather than atonal, although they not particularly rooted in one key. The style of the first is freely declamatory but in a haunting mood, requiring rubato and a wide dynamic range. The second piece is in a waltz style, with a sweeping tune and off beat figures, as if the horn is playing both the solo and its own accompaniment. The third piece is in ternary form in a bouncy hunting horn style with a staccato middle section. The final piece is the most virtuosic and swings along quickly with a jazzy feel, despite the 5/8 time signature. Useful pieces for the intermediate student, yet with enough substance for the more experienced. For studios, schools and use in music colleges as quick study material for fun, or as rewarding sight-reading material. Study One (Four Note Piece) was a Trinity College London exam piece between 1998 and 2001, while Study Two (One Two Three) was a Trinity College London exam piece between 1998 and 2004. Studies Three (Five Note Piece) and Four (La Basquish) were Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam pieces for grades 6 and 8 respectively between 2004 and 2012. Study Four (La Basquish) has been a London College of Music grade 8 exam piece since 2011.