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Collection Herman Jeurissen

Available editions d.d. December 21, 2023

In the world of horn and brass ensemble music from the 18th and 19th centuries, original high-quality ensemble repertoire appears to be scarce. Additionally, students and advanced amateurs are rarely given the opportunity to perform important Romantic symphonic works by Bruckner, Mahler etc. and Wagner's great operas in their original versions. Orchestral part studies with only the original parts, and above all, a lot of rest are not always inspiring.

For this reason, throughout his extensive career as a horn pedagogue, Herman Jeurissen wrote a considerable number of arrangements. These include shorter compositions by the great masters, allowing for an accessible introduction to their style and writing. Certain piano compositions, such as Liszt's paraphrase on Mendelssohn's 'Der Jäger Abschied' and Wagner's pianosonate in A-flat, are almost naturally suited for versions arranged for horn ensemble and brass ensemble. Rarely or never performed men's choir works by Bruckner are given a second life in this manner. Fragments with prominent horn and brass passages from Weber and Wagner's operas have been merged into fully-fledged, independent compositions, retaining their impact even without knowledge of the original works.

With a similar purpose, works for horn and piano/organ have also been created. These works, idiomatically suitable for transcription for horn and organ, complement the scarce original repertoire. The pieces for horn and piano primarily serve as preliminary studies for the standard repertoire, for instance, Schumann's 'Scenes from Manfred' as preparation for the Adagio und Allegro op. 70. The fundamental principle is always to ensure that the transcriptions fit idiomatically and sound as if they were original compositions.

Each of these works is accompanied by a preface, providing historical context and describing the significance of the transcription. This context enhances a deeper understanding of the music and offers a rich experience for both musicians and the audience.

Available editions:
Beethoven - Variations on a Gregorian Chant for 4-part horn choir
Bruckner - 2 Pieces for 8 horns Das Hohe Lied & Träumen und Wachen for 8 horns in F
Bruckner - Angelusläuten for 4 horns in F
Bruckner - Ave Maria for 6 horns in F
Franck - Prélude de Ghiselle for horn in E (F) and organ
Händel - 15 Pieces for two horns
Händel - Hornpipe Aria d'Amadigi for horn in D and organ (cembalo, piano)
Händel - Jesu meine Freude Sonata & Choral for horn in F (trombone) and organ
Mahler - Nicht Wiedersehen! for 7 horns in F
Mendelssohn / Liszt - Der Jäger Abschied for 6 horns in F
Mozart - 2 Concert Studies Due Solfeggi - KV 393, No. 2 & 3 for horn in E-flat and organ (piano)
Rossini - Armida Sinfonia for 6 horns in F
Schumann - 2 Scenes from Manfred for horn in F and piano
Wagner - Sonate As-Dur WWV 85 für Mathilde Wesendonck for brass ensemble

Upcoming, available by the beginning of 2024:
Wagner - Prelude, Hunting music, and Pilgrims’ chorus from Tannhäuser for 12 horns in F

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