“I first learned of the ‘Horn Trio’ by Johannes Brahms while still a student at Dartington College of Arts and it had a profound effect on me when I heard it performed by Alan Civil, Hugh Bean and David Parkhouse at a concert in Plymouth in 1967. As a novice horn player and composer I dreamt of being able to join Lennox Berkeley and the many other composers inspired by these luscious musical sonorities and this work of great genius by Brahms. Now in my late sixties I feel ready to tackle this project and I am delighted that the piece has now been published. The writing is, I hope, idiomatic and accessible giving the performer ample opportunity for generous and expressive playing within a proudly English musical landscape. Within these four movements I have tried to create a work of beauty reflecting something of the world about us with a dash of fire reserved for the final rondo.” - John Frith 2017
John Frith (b.1947) is a Hampshire man, with a lifelong love of music. His professional training began at Dartington College of Arts and continued at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied horn and also composition with Edmund Rubbra. John won both Brass and School Composition Prizes in 1970 and 1971. Having combined professional horn playing with teaching for some years, John now works for Worcestershire Instrumental Service in the dual role of brass teacher and composer-in-residence in county schools, developing creative projects with young children.
John has written extensively for wind, brass, strings and voices and has published many pieces for various combinations of instruments including large orchestral pieces, some of which have been broadcast by the BBC. John is enjoying a productive retirement devoted to composing.
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