Joseph Ryelandt: Zomeravond (Summer Evening), for Horn Quartet (c. 1897)
Paul Gilson: Petite Suite, for Horn Quartet (1889)
Jules Berleur: Andante , for Horn Quartet (c. 1880)
Adophe D’Hulst: Invocation, for Horn Quartet (c. 1900)
Charles Louis Hanssens (arr. C. Heylbroeck): Les Janissaires, for Horn Quartet (arr. 1905)
François-Joseph Fétis: Four Pieces for Horn Ensemble (1853–57)
Jean-Toussaint Radoux: Hymne, for Horn Quartet (c. 1870)
Jules Busschop: Chasse, for Keyed Bugle, 4 Horns and Ophicleide (ca 1850)
Johannes Hubert Schaeken: 3 Pieces for Horn Ensemble (1892–94)
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During the second half of the nineteenth century, a tradition of homogeneous horn ensembles developed within the horn classes of the Belgian conservatories. The Belgians would keep a particular attitude towards the genre, resulting in a considerable repertoire of specific compositions. The style of horn ensembles obviously developed parallel to the solo repertoire published in the first four volumes of this series, with a remarkable switch towards a lyrical style from the 1870s onwards. This translated into the writing of harmonically pleasant, colorful slow movements for horn quartet. (more text in the book....)
‘Brave Belgians of the Belle Époque’ is an artistic case study that unravels the paradigm of a flourishing legacy of horn playing in Ghent at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentie..