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LIFT: Solos for horn by Black Composers

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LIFT: Solos for Horn by Black Composers

Composer: Various Arranger: Various
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: French Horn, Piano
Genre: Baroque, Classical, Contemporary

Seeking to diversify horn repertoire and inspired by her students amid a global pandemic, Margaret McGillivray set out to inject beauty and justice into the world in a small way. Her frustrations soon led to:

LIFT: Solos for Horn by Black Composers

With piano accompaniment for each piece, this project culminated in 18 new arrangements or compositions for horn:

1. Friendship Source of Joy –– Ignatius Sancho/Katy Ambrose

2A. Menuetto in C –– J. Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges/Althea Talbot-Howard

2B. Menuetto in E-flat –– J. Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges/Althea Talbot-Howard

3. The American Girl –– Francis Johnson/Katy Ambrose

4. Deep River –– African American Spiritual/Samuel Coleridge-Taylor/Althea Talbot-Howard

5. Adagio Cantabile from Cinnamon Grove Suite –– R. Nathaniel Dett/Margaret McGillivray

6. Sympathy –– Florence Price/Margaret McGillivray

7. Wake Me Up –– Jasmine Barnes

8. A Stolen Moment –– Joel Collier (ASCAP)

9. Old St. John –– Mary D. Watkins

10. Stranger from the Wind –– Benjamin Horne

11. On the Uses of Quills –– Melika M. Fitzhugh

12. Eulogy –– Stewart Goodyear

13. Pan-Tones –– Mattea Williams

14. When I’m Older –– Shanyse Strickland

15. The First Solo Flight –– David A. Eastmond

16. Tango No. 3 –– Dalian Bryan

17. Dahomey Passacaglia –– Althes Talbot-Howard

18. Pesadelos 1 (Nightmare 1) –– Jeff Scott