Quartet No. 5 in C (originally from Six Duets), by Otto Nicolai
arr. for four horns by Richard Goldfaden
The Six Duets of Nicolai contain some wonderful, lyrical writing for the horn. They are a joy to play for both hornists; however, they always seem to sound somewhat empty. While many harmonies are implied, two horns just cannot cover them all. To solve this problem, I have transcribed these six pieces for four horns. In addition to filling out the harmonies, these transcriptions allow for less-taxing parts and eliminate some serious problems with page turns! The original first horn part is usually covered by either the first or third horn, while the original second horn part normally appears in the second or fourth part. This quartet consists of three movements which follow the typical pattern of Fast/Slow/Fast.