Triathlon, for solo horn
by Paul Basler
Triathlon was commissioned by and written for the 2001 American Horn Competition as the required second round work for the professional division. The work is in three contrasting movements and tests the horn player’s performance ability and agility. The first movement, Aggressive, is a fast, swirling dance. Movement two, Apprehensive, features the low register and is characterized by slow, flowing melodies and stopped horn passages. The final movement, Acrobatic, is a very quick, Middle Eastern–inspired dance full of mixed meter and glissandi. Triathlon was written in April 2001 in Gainesville, Florida and is dedicated to Charles Snead (Professor of Horn at the University of Alabama) with great admiration and affection.