Concerto for euphonium and orchestra (euphonium with full orchestra)
by Lee Bracegirdle (2007)
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When my colleague Scott Kinmont approached me with the idea of composing a solo work for euphonium, my original intention was to create a sonata with piano accompaniment. However, as I began developing my musical ideas for the work it became clear that the colours and textures of my ideas could only be expressed through the use of the orchestra. I have used full strings and woodwinds but only one of each of the members of the brass family . This allows for better balance between soloist and orchestra, and also lends itself to using the brass players including the soloist as a chamber quintet. Although, as in my previous orchestral works, I use dodecaphonic or “12-tone” technique for creating most of the thematic material for this work, the lyric quality and warm tone of the euphonium have drawn me in the direction of a style that is less “contemporary” in tonality than my previous works. Indeed, the overall effect of this concerto is more conventional-sounding, despite the fact that 12-tone technique permeates its melodic aspects.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, solo euphonium in C, strings.
Duration: 30 min.
Contents note: I. Allegro drammatico -- II. Lento cantabile -- III. Burlesque.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Scott Kinmont
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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