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  Title Year Instrumentation Description Price
new Meditation 1997 Solo Horn  2.5 minutes, 1 movement. $4.50
new New Wine in Old Bottles 2001 2 Natural Horns, Percussion  7 minutes, 3 movements. $19.50
new September Elegy 2001 Natural Horn in E-flat, Piano  9.5 minutes, 1 movement. $6.50
new Night Sonata 2001 Horn, Piano and
optional Contrabass, and
optional Percussion
 7.5 minutes, 1 movement. $24.50
Agrell Photo Jeffrey Agrell has always had a keen interest in the creative process as evidenced in his long-time activities as a writer and a composer. He has well over sixty published articles to his credit and he currently writes two regular columns for The Horn Call. He began composing and arranging during his college years, and he played and composed for jazz guitar and electronic music in the 1980s. For the past dozen years he has had a steady stream of commissions from professional chamber music ensembles, which have recorded many of the works on CD. Jeffrey Agrell's works have been broadcast on radio and television nationally and internationally, and many have been published and performed at contests and festivals. He is a member of the ASCAP and SUISA, respectively the American and Swiss composers' rights societies.
His Rhythm Suite for clarinet and marimba won First Prize in the 2000 composition contest of the International Clarinet Association. September Elegy for natural horn in Eb and piano, was performed at the Infinite Respect Conference at the University of Iowa in January 2002, and was a winner in the Beyond 9-11: Arts in Iowa project. His current compositional interest is in composing pieces (including September Elegy and Night Sonata) that integrate written material with improvised sections.
He joined the University of Iowa School of Music faculty as horn professor in 2000 after a 25 year career as symphony musician with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony. He currently teaches horn, directs the UI Horn Choir, coaches chamber music, teaches Introduction to Improvisation, and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet and the Iowa Horn Quartet. Outside of the university, he is on the faculty of the Asian Youth Orchestra and is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. He often appears in concert with pianist/composer Evan Mazunik, performing the written/improvised pieces that they compose. They also offer workshops in (nonjazz) improvisation for classical musicians (see
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