I'm particularly happy with my progress on this work. I learned it several years ago for a DMA audition recital given by a horn player. She secured a pianist, but that pianist didn't have the time to learn this piece. I agreed to learn it, but that was before I saw the score.

I worked very hard on it, and we had one rehearsal the night before her recital, but the performance itself was very rough. Since then, however, we've performed it two more times. This particular performance is with a different hornist a couple months ago. This was the first performance where the piece really "clicked" for me (although there were a few ensemble issues, due to the thorny rhythms involved).


Shapeshifter (for horn and piano), John McCabe (1975)


"Moralists have no place in an art gallery" ---Han Suyin

"Paint's not really a great thing to bring into a museum" ---Adam Sorenson, The Shape of Things