A HORNIST'S TREASURE CHEST is a collection of 5 duos for F Horn and Pianoforte plus a
further piece, FOOTSTEPS, for which you will also need a violinist, or flautist.
Originally composed as songs for mezzo Caroline Milan and piano these arrangements have
been made for her children, our grandchildren, both diploma level students, of violin,
piano and French horn.
The duos are just that, the piano part not just accompanying but always with its own
solo contribution to make. The music is essentially cantabile, with
soaring, haunting melodies, sometimes wistful or melancholic, sometimes bright and
The style varies from work to work, 'classical', blues and even crossover for the Footsteps
trio, but which hopefully may lead on to an interest in the horn trio A
Rapture Suite, written entirely in the medium of twelve-tone music, not too
inaccessible though, and definitely repaying the study. (link above)
All the Treasure Chest music is equally suited for student or
professional use; and because it was conceived with our grandchildren in mind - and indeed
the first piece A Voice of Music was originally written when I
myself was a student - the pieces may be freely downloaded as pdf files with the
compliments of Ardross House.
Our own grandchildren have especially enjoyed the Footsteps
trio, which seems to work very well as an introduction to A Rapture
Suite and indeed to chamber music generally - and apart from a few
high notes on the horn (for which an ossia is provided) it should be well within
the capability of grade VII players for all three instruments (and for the flute
(The scores for A Rapture Suite are available
from the splendid classical music site tutti.co.uk)
The six individual works are detailed below - or to download them all together in one
volume just click these links:
piano score (52
horn part (15
Additionally, which may be especially helpful at this time of lockdown
and social distancing I am including recordings of just the piano part, with the others
muted. I hope this is useful.
1 A Voice of Music
Sadly, because of the coronavirus lockdown, it has not yet been possible to record the
works properly ; but the sound files provided do give a reasonable impression of my
intentions. I hope you enjoy delving into our Hornist's Treasure Chest.
Kerry Milan, self-isolating in Stafford, UK May
Voice of Music" is based on three short songs written in 1963 when I was a third-year
student at the RSAMD in Glasgow. The work was performed in the Scottish Academy's
Stevenson Hall on June 21 st 1963 by fellow students Roger Crook, tenor, and Anne
<<< copy of 1963 programme>>>
setting for voice pdf
Listen to "A Voice of Music">>>
<<< View "A Voice of Music">>>
haunting work dates from 1998, scored originally for mezzo, flute, harp and guitar, and
had its first performance at a CCA concert, at which the mezzo-soprano was Caroline Milan,
who later recorded the piece in 2001 with Julian Hellaby.
Listen to "Wings">>>
<<< View "Wings">>>
<<< View Metropole>>>
pianist in this jazz-style setting is invited to improvise their solo spot. Here, as
an example, is Julian Hellaby in 2001 as part of his Julian Hellaby and Friends CD
"Music for a While" the singer Caroline Milan:
Listen to Metropole extempore >>
beautiful, rather melacholic, work of 2020, Passing, is actually an arrangement of a song,
originally named Drifting, written in 2001.
day more slips away, Another high, another low,
One more fraction of me! - so where did it go? ......"
its new format, it celebrates the abilities of two remarkable grandchildren
Listen to "Passing">>>
<<< View "Passing">>>
<<< View Carousel>>>
its original 2001 version, it had a perhaps limited audience! -
birthday 'Aged Two',
Is there room for me too,
As you race off on each new adventure?
Carousels in the square,
Flashing lights at the fair,
Oh to be there, to remember."
opening lines perhaps give some indication of the excitement this piece aims to capture.
is a new arrangement of the original 1997 song Footsteps, this time for Horn Trio - horn,
pianoforte and violin - but the piece also works well with flute replacing the violin and
so an alternative flute part is provided too.
<<<Listen to Footsteps with flute>>>
<<< View Footsteps>>>
and why not hear again the original
to the 1997 Footsteps>>>
which tells of one girl's feelings after the death of her partner following depression.
Haunting memories vie with a sense of despair and desolation.
must all do whatever we can at this unprecedented period of coronavirus lockdown to help
those people struggling to cope with enormous stress and isolation.