KERRY TURNER (b 1960 )
Kerry Turner began composing at the age of 10 with a Fugue for woodwind quintet that won First Prize at the Holloway House of Music Composition Contest, where it was premiered. Between the ages of 10 and 17 he had penned an impressive collection of pieces for concert band and orchestra, including a Mass in a Fantasy, the premiere of which he conducted at the age of 17 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Turner was awarded a scholarship to study composition at Baylor University, but made the decision to focus more on the horn after he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music. He did not compose again until he began his involvement with the American Horn Quartet. Following the huge successes of his works for that ensemble, Turner began composing music for horn and piano, as well as horn in combination with other instruments, several of which are included on this recording.
Turner’s compositional career has skyrocketed over the past several years. His award-winning works for horn in combination with virtually every genre of chamber music continue to be heard around the world. He has been commissioned by many organisations, including Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund of the International Horn Society, and the horn sections of the Houston and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, just to name a few.
Regarding his own compositional style, Turner says, ‘When the muse comes, it flows like a deep, dark river. Nothing can stop it; not pseudo-intellectualism, or practicality, or technology, or pressure to conform to a certain style, nor the obligation to always find something new. My goal is to paint a musical picture, thought, impression as clearly as possible and then communicate it to the listener and the performer, so that it might appear in their minds as vividly as if it were on a large movie screen.’
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