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The Bill and Brice Polka for Two Horns and Piano by Paul Basler

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The Bill and Brice Polka was written for William Purvis and Brice Andrus as an encore piece for their guest artist recital at the 25th International Horn Society Workshop held at Florida State University in 1993.


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About the Composer

Paul Basler (b. 1963, Milwaukee), 1993–94 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), 1995–96 University of Florida Teacher of the Year, and the 2001–03 College of Fine Arts University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

Basler has performed as guest artist at numerous international music festivals and has been a member of the Brevard, Charleston, Valdosta, Greenville, Asheville, Tallahassee, and Gainesville Symphonies. He has received several American Cultural Affairs Specialist Grants from the U.S. Department of State and has served as Visiting Professor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and the National Conservatory of Music. One of the most performed composers of his generation, his music has been performed throughout the world; recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Spoleto Festival, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and in China by the Shanghai Philharmonic. He received his BM degree magna cum laude from the Florida State University, and MM, MA, and DMA degrees from Stony Brook University. Basler’s horn teachers have included William Purvis, William Capps, and Barry Benjamin and his composition teachers have been John Boda, John Downey, Bülent Arel, John Lessard, and Billy Jim Layton.

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