Alpha is a piece for Horn and Piano accompaniment by Jean-Michel Defaye dedicated to Georges Barboteu, a professor at the National Conservatoire.
Starting slowly with an exchange between the Horn and the Piano, this piece features a Cadenza section with a Horn solo followed by “a Tempo” part (112). The final of the piece is to be played “Lento” (60).
This piece has some really strong and expressive moments, quite dramatic from time to time, and was initially written for a Conservatoire contest. It lasts approximately 8 minutes 40.
As a pianist, composer, producer and arranger, Jean-Michel Defaye mainly created pieces for brass and wind instruments. He won the Premier Second Grand Prix de Rome in 1958 and the Belgian Queen Elizabeth composition competition in 1959.