New Music CD for French Horn Includes a Composition by Frederick C. Tillis


Horn player Laura Klock has recorded a new CD of contemporary works for french horn and various instruments, featuring some of the composers who have energized and inspired her over the years. Written by and recorded with her friends, this disc indeed spreads the word about these exciting new works for horn by Emanuel Rubin, Frederick C. Tillis, Jeff Myers, Robert Stern, Hsueh-Yung Shen, and Salvatore Macchia. Tillis’s composition on this compilation is Spiritual Fantasy No. 5 (for horn and piano), with Nadine Shank as pianist.

Ms. Klock, a graduate of the University of Michigan, was a founding member of the Massachusetts Brass Quintet and a member of the Brass Ring Quintet. She has enjoyed a 40 year career as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and principal horn of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Klock has a passion for teaching and playing both the modern horn and its ancestor, the natural horn. This disc reflects those interests with the inclusion of an energetic contemporary work for natural horn and alto saxophone. She has commissioned and recorded numerous new works for horn and her recordings appear on the Open Loop, Crystal, Gasparo, and Albany Records labels.

More information on this recording (including purchasing info) may be found at this link.

Excerpt: Frederick C. Tillis, Spiritual Fantasy No. 5; Laura Klock, horn; Nadine Shank, piano