Ixilongo (2021)
for solo horn in F (or 2 horns) and off-stage (or pre-recorded) horn ensemble
In memory of June Schneider (1939-2020); for Sören Hermansson to play
Commisioned by the SAMRO Foundation Music Creation Support Fund
Publisher: Bardic Edition
Score and Parts BDE in preparation
Available from
Goodmusic Publishing
Duration: c. 10 minutes

First performance: 9 October 2021; Hoofstraat Conceptual, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa; Sören Hermansson horn, Miles Warrington sound diffusion

Programme note
Ixilongo, isiXhosa for trumpet or horn, is a duet for one player – in call and response style - for unstopped and stopped horn. The call (unstopped) consists of four phrases using the isiXhosa hexatonic bow scale (Bb, C, D, E, F, G); the responses are fragments of a song which are eventually reassembled. At three points in the work the solo horn is accompanied by an offstage ensemble of twelve horns playing hexatonic clusters, which accompany the reassembled song or provide the repeat of the opening material with its inherent harmony. It is dedicated to the memory of June Schneider, friend and teacher.

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