4 french horns
Commissioned by the British Horn Society and first performed by Julian Faultless, Ruth Wilkinson, James Lowe and Richard Duckett at the Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill, Birmingham on October 18th 1981.
The American premiere took place on 28th March 1995 at the University of New Mexico Composers´ Symposium. The performers were Ellen and Doug Campbell, Stanislav Suchanek and James Lowe. Subsequent American performances at the University of Oregon on 17th October 1995 by the Doug Campbell Quartet, and at the 35th International Horn Symposium at Indiana University on 7th June 2003 by David G.Elliott, Joanne Filkins and Mick & Karin Sehmann.
The Vienna Horn Society (The ´Wiener Waldhornverein´) gave the first Austrian performance as a Horn Choir at a Salon Concert at the Josefina Fraternity Hall in Vienna on 23rd January 1998, and as a result commissioned a Suite for 6 Horns or Horn Choir from the composer (see below). The Central England Ensemble Horn Quartet performed the second movement in the Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris, in February 2007. A CD recording of the Sonata was made in February 2001 by the Vienna Horn Society (performers: Roland Fritsch, Suzanne Langor, James Lowe and Roland Horvath). The CD, on the Aricord label and entitled Messen und Sonaten (CDA 30111), also includes Andrew Downes´ Piano Sonata No.1 performed by Anne Madison, and was recorded in the Baumgarten Studios, Vienna, and produced by Joseph Kamykowsky
The Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra have now recorded the work for CD entitled "Andrew Downes: Music for Horns and Wagner Tubas". It is released on the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Artesmon label (AS 729-2).