Attractive metal

Roger Bergs
Roger Bergs
Composition Date: 1996
Revision Date: 1996
Duration: 00:11:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles With Soloist(s), French Horn(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Horn ( Solo )
  • 1 x Brass band (Brass with some doubling, with or with
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Programme Note:
"Here's metal more attractive." Hamlet, ii.1.

When I first saw the Hannaford Street Silver Band perform, I wondered why it contained no french horns, though I was told that their range was covered by tenor horns (instruments belonging to the same family as cornets, baritone horns and tubas). I have therefore taken this opportunity to present the virtues of the french horn within a brass band setting.

At the beginning we hear the soloist and band in their traditional roles: an opening passage features the horn supported quietly by the full band, which soon asserts the main theme. The horn then "goes on tour", visiting various sections of the band and taking a solo turn cadenza along the way. An ornamented duet with the solo euphonium provides the piece's most intimate moment. The piece ends softly, almost as if the combatants give each other a courteous bow or handshake affirming a match well-played. Does the horn come out on top? Or do the other brass instruments provide an equivalent range of expression? Which is the more "Attractive Metal"?

Premiere Information:
February 4, 1996, Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto; James Sommerville, horn; Hannaford Street Silver Band.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1932 B499at
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles With Soloist(s), French Horn(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 3, 1996
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (44 p.) ; 43 cm.
    44 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Parts page count: 86
    10 parts ([86] p.) :
    Height: 28 cm
    1 solo part (9 p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Duration: 11:00
    Commissioned by the Hannaford Street Silver Band through the Ontario Arts Council.
    Photocopy; master copies of score, solo horn part and parts in CMC Toronto.
    For solo horn and brass band.

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