Concerto for French Horn

by Osmo Tapio Räihälä

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Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Concerto for French Horn



Concerto For French Horn was commissioned by Jukka Harju in 2010. I started writing the piece in Paris in the spring 2011, but typically for me, I had to sweep aside a couple of misconceived efforts before the work started taking shape.

It was equally typical, that the concerto was interrupted several times by other works. This is not a bad thing, because even though one is not constantly working on a composition, the music itself keeps evolving in a composer’s subconsciousness. And just as often the work becomes better for having had the time and peace to mould. The main work was done in the first half of 2013, and the final barline was drawn in June that same year.

The concerto lasts around 25 minutes, and is divided into three movements that are played without a pause. The cadenza section at the end of the slow movement is again a product of a close co-operation with Jukka Harju, whose tips were generally very helpful. The music has several speeds and moods, but as it is just music and nothing else, I do not want to say more about it. This music is yours, dear listener – make of it what you like!

© Osmo Tapio Raihala 2013


2222 2200 01 0, str, hn solo


Works for Soloist(s) and Orchestra


Jukka Harju, horn, Sinfonia Lahti, conductor Eva Ollikainen, February 10, 2016, Hämeenlinna, Finland


1. Ominoso 2. Luminoso 3. Animoso

Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by & dedicated to Jukka Harju.

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