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Featuring music for Horn and Horn in chamber music

Folk Songs

by (b. 1963)

for horn and piano


Audio Samples:

  1. basler-folk-songs-1.mp3 Alegría
  2. basler-folk-songs-2.mp3 Funiculì, Funiculà
  3. basler-folk-songs-3.mp3 Round Dance
  4. basler-folk-songs-4.mp3 Hills of Arirang
  5. basler-folk-songs-5.mp3 Nihavend Şarki
  6. basler-folk-songs-6.mp3 The Drunken Sailor
  7. basler-folk-songs-7.mp3 Shenandoah

About the Work

Folk Songs for horn and piano was written for and dedicated to various students in Basler’s horn studio as well as Michelle Stebleton. The playing level ranges from simple to moderately advanced — these pieces fill a void in the horn literature for quality arrangements of some of the world’s finest melodies. The ordering and choice of pieces is left up to the performers.

(Puerto Rico)
Funiculì, Funiculà
Round Dance
(Native American – Kiowa)
Hills of Arirang
Nihavend Şarki
The Drunken Sailor
(British Sea Shanty)
(United States of America)

About the Composer

Paul Basler (b. 1963, Milwaukee), 1993–94 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), 1995–96 University of Florida Teacher of the Year and the 2001–03 College of Fine Arts University of Florida Research Foundation Professor is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

Basler has performed as guest artist at numerous international music festivals and has been a member of the Brevard, Charleston, Valdosta, Greenville, Asheville, Tallahassee and Gainesville Symphonies. He has received several American Cultural Affairs Specialist Grants from the U.S. Department of State and has served as Visiting Professsor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and the National Conservatory of Music. One of the most performed composers of his generation, his music has been performed throughout the world and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Spoleto Festival, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival and in China by the Shanghai Philharmonic. He received his BM degree magna cum laude from the Florida State University, MM, MA, and DMA degrees from Stony Brook University. Basler’s horn teachers have included William Purvis, William Capps and Barry Benjamin and his composition teachers have been John Boda, John Downey, Bülent Arel, John Lessard and Billy Jim Layton.