IHS Major Commission Initiative

At the 2013 International Symposium the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society created a new fund. The purpose of the fund is to raise money consistently over the years, to assist the Society in periodically funding major works for Horn from world renown composers. Starting the fund now will enable the Society to have access to funds as they go forward with any major commission contracts.

This initiative formalizes a longstanding goal of the society, to encourage the composition of major horn works by international composers of the first rank. In 1999, the first commission of this type was completed, resulting in Beyond Autumn: Poem for Horn and Orchestra, by Joseph Schwantner.

At this time the Society is seeking donations of any amount for the Major Commission Initiative. Donations can be made online, or by mailing a check drawn on a U.S. bank and made out to “International Horn Society,” to Executive Director Heidi Vogel, 13 Avila Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87508-2140 USA. Please be sure to note on your check that it is intended for the Major Commission Initiative. Please contact Heidi if you would prefer to donate in any other manner.

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The Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund

This program provides partial funding to IHS members who wish to commission new compositions for the horn. This fund was established in 1989 and has assisted in the composition of more than fifty new works for the horn. Commissions have been supported for a wide variety of chamber music ensembles involving the horn.

Meir Rimon (1946-1991) was Principal Horn of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and served three terms as Vice-President of the International Horn Society. In memory of our esteemed colleague who had a positive effect on many performers, composers, and audiences around the world, the fund was renamed in his honor in 1992. For more information on Meir Rimon please see articles in the April, 1991 and April, 1992 issues of The Horn Call.

All IHS members are invited to submit the name of a specific composer with whom you are collaborating on the creation of a new work featuring horn. For more information about the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund, contact:

Dr. John Ericson
Chair, IHS Commissioning Assistance Program
School of Music
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405 USA

NOTE: Previous Rimon award recipients may not enter that piece in the IHS Composition Contest.

Dr. Rose Valby has compiled a "Quick Look" introduction to many of the compositions that were created with support from the Meir Rimon Fund.

Completed works that were supported by grants from the Rimon fund include the following (year reflects the year the grant was awarded, not the year of completion of the work):

2016
Michael Thurber, Jam Session (horn and piano)

2015
Paul Basler, Passages (horn, flute, piano)
Philip Spaeth, Quintet for Winds (woodwind quintet)
Josh Oxford, Trio (flute, electronic horn, percussion)

2014
Gary Schocker, In Arkadia (horn and harp)
Andrew Wolfe, Triptych (horn, trombone, and piano)
Kerry Turner, Couperin Variations "La Bandoline" (horn and piano)
Mark Goodenberger, Brave Wind (horn and field drum)
Dan Welcher, Spring Music (woodwind quintet)

2013
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Double Concerto (two horns and chamber orchestra)
Michael Daugherty, Prayer (two horns and piano or four horns)
Tomi Raisanen, Väki (horn and tape+live electronics)
Rory Merritt Stitt, Folk Songs from a Fantasia (horn and piano)

2012
Paul Ferguson, Table for Three at Chez Janou (horn, bass trombone, and piano)
Bruce H. Frazier, Collage (horn and piano)
Glenn James, Pastoralia (horn and piano)
Elizabeth Knudson, Alchemy (horn, cello, and piano)
Andre Mehmari, Music for Horn and Piano (horn and piano)
James Naigus, Beale Suite (horn quartet)

2011
Lydia Busler-Blais, Lanterns (horn, flute, piano)
David Cronin, Thrashing the Siren (horn, harpsichord, string bass, percussion)
Timothy Davis, Sonata for Horn and Percussion (horn and percussion)
Johanna Eranko, Finite (solo horn)
Frank Newton, Savannah Vistas (horn, marimba, vibraphone)
Charles Ruggiero, Early Berlin (horn, clarinet, piano)
Jeremy Schreifels, Morningside (horn, piano, drumset)
Andrew Wolfe, The Cave of Souls (horn and piano)

2010
Adam Berndt, Quintet No. 1 (horn and string quartet)
Anthony DiLorenzo, Phoenix (horn and piano)
Mark Olivero, Thunor's Gate (horns and live electronics)

2009
Johanna Murphy, Sonata for Horn and Piano (horn and piano)
Jess Turner, Last Dances of Prospero (horn quartet)
Jeff Myers, L'Histoire de Rimbaud (horn, tenor voice, and piano)
Matthew Saunders, South Africa (horn and marimba)

2008
Isadora Zebeljan, Dance of Wooden Sticks (horn and strings)
Kai Nieminen, Ancient Songs... (Dreaming of Queen of Sheba) (horn and harp/piano)

2007

Daniel Barta, As the Sparks Fly Upward (horn and piano)
John Clark, Fakes and Snakes (clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello)

2006
Karen Griebling, Suite (horn and piano)
Stanley Glasser, Two for Erik (horn octet with African Instruments)
Justinian Tamusuza, Okukoowoola Kw'Ekkondeere  (solo horn)
Carson Cooman, Moon Shards, op 700 (horn, trumpet, alto sax, percussion, piano)

2005
Scott Watson, Concert Piece (horn and concert band)
Charles Rochester Young, Callings (horn quartet)
Raymond Chase, Contradictions (two horns and piano)

2004

Alla Sirenko, Sea Mosaics (double concerto)
Hugh Chandler, Suite (horn quartet)
Robert Rumbelow, Hive (horn choir)
Kerry Turner, Scorpion in the Sand (horn, cello, piano)

2003
Brad Bodine, Rhapsody (horn and percussion)
Andrea Clearfield, Into the Falcon's Eye (two horns and piano)
Paul Basler, Canciones (horn and piano)
Perttu Haapanen, Prism (solo horn)

2002

Eric Ewazen, Woodland Quartet (horn quartet)

2001

Jennifer Margaret Baker, Red Sky at Night (horn, oboe, and piano)

1998
Steven Winteregg, Blue Soliloquy (solo horn)
Michael Kallstrom, Around the Clock (horn and orchestra)

1997
David Maslanka, Sea Dreams (two horns and wind orchestra)

1996
Stanley Friedman, Jerusalem Fugue (horn and string quartet or string orchestra)
Yehudi Wyner, Horn trio (horn, violin, piano)

1995

James Woodman, Chamber Sonata II (horn and organ)

1994

David Maslanka, Sonata (horn and piano)

1993

Kerry Turner, Six Lives of Jack McBride (horn, violin, tenor voice, and piano)

1992
Todd Barton, Apogee (woodwind quintet)

1991
Thomas Benjamin, Horn! (horn and piano)
Verne Reynolds, Trio (horn, oboe, and piano)
Jean-Michel Damase, Trio (horn, oboe, and piano)
David Sampson, Sonata Forty (horn and piano)