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Ritual : for solo euphonium

by Simon Reade (1998)

Ritual (in memoriam)


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Ritual (in memoriam) : solo euphonium / Simon Reade.

Library shelf no. 788.975/REA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Composed originally in 1998 in my Conservatorium days, this work was originally for Tuba solo. The work, in one short movement, is cast in the form of a cortege with sections of march-like austerity contrasting with sections of relative freedom commenting on the ritualistic material. The work rises to a dramatic climax before ending with hazy multiphonics.

I have recast it for the remarkable Euphonium playing of Dr Matthew van Emmerik, in part as thanks for the two wonderful performances of Johann de Meij's UFO Concerto in September 2016. In this new version, I have tried to highlight the Euphonium's impressive range and expressivity.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Euphonium.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Matthew van Emmerik

First performance: by Matthew van Emmerik — 28 Oct 18. UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg, Texas USA

Revised version of 2016 was composed for Dr Matthew van Emmerik



Performances of this work

26 Oct 19: Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Featuring Matthew van Emmerik.

28 Oct 18: UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg, Texas USA. Featuring Matthew van Emmerik.

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