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Horn Scale

for brass quintet

NOTE 1: The term Horn Scale, named after the semanticist Laurence Horn, is a key notion in the linguistic field of pragmatics and also forms a fundamental concept in the Cooperative Principle. The principle aims to delineate the appropriate behaviour and language that one must use in order to have the most pragmatic conversation with another. I found it somewhat amusing that such an overly elaborate principle was necessary to conclude what we already know through common sense and intuition; ie. that one should be truthful, relevant and unambiguous.

NOTE 2: In this piece, the horn sometimes plays scales.


20 January 2014 Total Brass, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

13 December 2013 Total Brass, The Rest is Noise Festival, Southbank Centre, London

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