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Hunter's moon


Gilbert Vinter wrote Hunter’s moon for the horn player John Burden when they were both posted to Torquay in 1942. It was first performed with the local Torquay Municipal Orchestra but an arrangement for horn and piano was made later the same year. It also became a ‘party’ piece for Dennis Brain towards the end of his life. Originally titled Diana of the chase, the piece certainly has many hunting connotations. Perhaps the opening marking, ‘Allegro (with good humour)’ sets up the tone for the rest of the piece. There are loud ‘stopped’ notes and upward glissandi, perhaps suggesting hiccoughing and burping of our hero huntsman who then falls asleep represented by a lovely dreamy theme first on the horn then on the piano. The catchy 6/8 theme returns before ending in a blaze of glory. All this, of course, suggests a connection between our hero horn player and rather too much alcohol. Vinter and John Burden always insisted this piece represented the full moon after the harvest moon, yet the fact that there was a pub in Torquay called ‘Hunter’s moon’ perhaps gives the game away! This is a brilliant example of light music and an exuberant way to end this recital.

from notes by Richard Watkins © 2019


The romantic horn
Studio Master: SIGCD556Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD556 track 11

Recording date
24 March 2018
Recording venue
Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. The romantic horn (SIGCD556)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: March 2019
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