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Rodgers & Hart arr John Humphries & Robert Ramskill

Blue Moon

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Instrument: horns in F in 6 parts
Grade: medium
Catalogue No: 2909
ISMN No: 9790570270644

Blue Moon is as popular today as it was when Richard Rodgers wrote it in 1934. Horn players will enjoy this gently syncopated arrangement.

"...Blue Moon is based closely on Robert Ramskill's arrangement from his Jazzed Up Too album and retains the dotted quaver semiquaver notation in preference to traditional swing quavers. Many young players will of course be familiar with the horn and piano version and there are no reading difficulties so long as all concerned understand the swing style. The result is an outstanding addition to the repertoire for medium sized horn ensemble. Two particularly attractive features are the sixth part which allows your low horn specialist to have a ball, and the fact that the solo part is actually in horn 2 whilst horn 1 shimmers above. The only problem I've come across in several performances with various of my student groups is the little playout for first horn, which I would guess John wants to sound like a harmon muted trumpet but requires very strong hand stopping in order to get across even a very delicately played last chord. It might have been better marked at about forte!"
Reviewed 'The Horn Player'
John Humphries
John Humphries was born in Sheffield, and read Music at Oxford University. Subsequently he attended London's Guildhall School of Music, where he studied the natural horn with Anthony Halstead. His editions of horn music have been performed by many of the world's leading horn players, including Barry Tuckwell, Michael Thompson, Eric Ruske, Anthony Halstead, Stephen Stirling, Frank Lloyd, Javier Bonet and Raul Diaz and his reconstructions of Mozart's incomplete horn concerto movements have been praised for their "polish, authenticity, good scholarship and talent".

He is also well known as an arranger. One of his arrangements appears on the legendary London Horn Sound CD while others have been played worldwide by "The Wallace Collection". His arrangements for young players appear on all the main examination syllabuses in the UK.

As a writer, he has contributed booklet notes for many CDs and programme notes for hundreds of concerts. He has contributed articles and reviews for "The Horn Call", "The Horn Magazine" and "Brass Bulletin". His book, "The Early Horn", was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000 and has been described as "a superb book" "packed with usefulness" "Rarely can anything have been written on the early history of the horn that is quite as accessible and flowing." John is also a teacher and an examiner. He lives in Surrey, England with his wife, son and daughter and his hobbies include collecting brass instruments and repairing them.

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