Terence Johns – One Day (Trombone or Horn & Piano)
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This work, originally for trombone and piano but including a version for horn and piano, is a delightful composition. The piece was orchestrated by the composer and broadcast by Simon Johnson with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. It is written in the jazz ballad style, sustained and high in register with a little optional improvisation over the final bars.
This work, originally for trombone and piano but including a version for horn and piano, is a delightful composition. The piece was orchestrated by the composer and broadcast by Simon Johnson with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. It is written in the jazz ballad style, sustained and high in register with a little optional improvisation over the final bars. Review: "A delightful original composition from Terry. This is a calm reflective piece ideal for inclusion in a recital programme or possibly as an encore. I say encore as it is fairly short at approximately three minutes, and easily memorised. Very clearly printed throughout in tenor clef, it requires a confident top Db and a slight jazz feel. Indeed, in the penultimate bar, provision has been made for anyone to ad lib on a Bb chord. This is not compulsory, and works well with the provided notes. The entire piece shows the composers maturity, and that good simple tunes can still be written. The piano part, too, displays these same qualities and its style reminds me of Terry sitting down at a hotel piano in Vienna and astonishing and entertaining a very tour weary BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra." – Pete Oram in The Trombonist 2003
Terry began his career in brass at age ten in the band of Tower Colliery in South Wales where his father worked as a miner. He was awarded a Glamorgan scholarship at age eighteen to study the French horn with Barry Tuckwell at the Royal Academy of music in London. Terry later became professor of horn at the Academy. He also conducted brass ensemble classes there, and was later appointed an associate. In the distinguished career that followed he was to become a member of the London Mozart players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, always in demand for the leading brass ensembles, such as the Barry Tuckwell Horn Quartet, Locke Brass Consort and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Terry composed, conducted and arranged music for the RPO brass and LSO brass. He also composed the theme and incidental music for Harlech TV's The Pretenders, the orchestra being assembled from London's 'session' community and principals from the London orchestras - he conducted the recording sessions himself at Abbey road studios. He arranged the final hymn for the Rhos Cwmtawe Male Choir and the solo trumpet of Maurice Murphy at the memorial service for the actor Richard Burton at the church of St. Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. He played as a member of the LSO at the opening concert of the Barbican centre and at the eightieth birthday concert of Aaron Copland, and as a studio player in backing orchestras for many top performers such as Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. Terry played on dozens of film soundtracks, including Battle of Britain, Diamonds are Forever, Superman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi where he can be heard playing the famous horn solo at the funeral of Darth Vader. Terry and his wife Karin now live in Edinburgh where he spends his time composing, conducting, teaching, and enjoying his associate conductorship with the Co-operative Funeralcare Band who recently gave the first performance of his Gull Dances for band on Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped, with the composer conducting. The concert also included the first broadcast performance of Terry's Hard Hats and Cornets. Terry is also chairman of the award winning Alba Brass group and his instrumental and brass music is published and performed throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Terry also publishes his own music - see www.renfieldmuse.page.tl
London College of Music Grade 6 Exam Piece for Horn in F until further notice Australian Music Examinations Board Level 1 Grade 4 Exam Piece for Horn in F until further notice
Supplied with both Horn in F and Tenor Horn in E Flat parts, this is a fine recital piece. After two bars of harp like accompaniment the horn enters with a beautiful melody that rises and falls throughout its course, supported by some really gorgeous harmony changes. Lullaby was a Trinity College London grade 6 exam piece for Horn in F between 1998 and 2004. The work has been a London College of Music Grade 6 exam piece for Horn in F since 1994, and an Australian Music Examinations Board Level 1 Grade 4 exam piece since 2003.
London College of Music Grade 8 Exam Piece for Horn in F until further notice A wonderfully evocative and atmospheric piece of night music, with its smooth figures built on fourths shared between horn and piano. The introduction of hand stopping and hand glissando (unique features of the French Horn) challenge the musical, technical and interpretive qualities of both the soloist and accompanist. This work was a Trinity College London Horn in F exam piece between 1998 and 2004, and an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) grade 8 exam piece for Horn in F between 1998 and 2012. It has been a London College of Music exam piece for Horn in F since 1994.
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 6 Exam Piece until further notice
A brilliant concert piece for a relatively experienced horn player, and one that would make an ideal finale to any recital. A short, suspenseful slow introduction leads straight into the main movement, which is an exciting gallop for both players. The fast tempo aside the range is comfortable and there are no major technical problems for the soloist. This work has been an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 6 Exam Piece since 2013.
The work has been recorded by the composer on his CD Terry Johns Classic and Romantic and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and Classic FM. For studios, schools, colleges and professionals. This was a Trinity College of Music grade 6 exam piece between 1998 and 2004.
Written in memory of Lennie Clarke, who was a fellow student at the Royal Academy of Music, and played by the composer at a memorial concert. The work has been used in final recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music.
Supplied with both Horn in F and Tenor Horn in E Flat parts, this is another fine melody for the intermediate horn player, extending the range upwards with a mixture of typical horn like slurs and climbing sforzando dotted minims all interwoven with a quite challenging accompaniment. This was a London College of Music grade 4 exam piece for Horn in F between 1994 and 1996.