U.F.O. : for solo euphonium
by Jessica Wells (2000)
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U.F.O. for solo euphonium was written in 2000 during a guest lecture visit to James Cook University in Townsville.
Performed at Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, by music student Peter Chandler, the piece explores various extended techniques including half-valve, flutter tonguing, singing into the instrument and a "didjeridu" effect.
The piece challenges the performer to execute fluctuations in dynamics over long held notes, interspersed with faster leaping passages and lyrical phrases. Rubato is used throughout, with the lack of time signature in an aleatoric section also allowing the performer to improvise durations of notes. The piece is therefore open to many interpretations in performance making it unique every time it is heard.
The final phrase is a nod to John Williams' "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", hence the title's pun.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Student.
First performance: by Peter Chandler — Oct 00. Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, Townsville, Queensland
Performances of this work
Oct 00: Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, Townsville, Queensland. Featuring Peter Chandler.
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