HORWITZ, Joseph, Concerto (1972)
Solo Euphonium with brass band accompaniment.
Performance levels College/Professional (V/V)
Performance times Sixteen minutes.
Range: Bb to c"
A major opus in the modern Euphoniumist's repertoire, Joseph Horovitz's Concerto is an unusually artfully-constructed piece that very successfully bridges the gap between the sophisticated musician and the amateur music lover in the audience. Highly listenable, with its strong references to English folk song, it is nonetheless very mature musically as well as a technical and tonal showpiece for the Euphonium.
Information on the premiere and commissioning of this place as well as a brief analysis can be found In the preface to the piano reduction.
Mr. Horovitz has pointed out to me that there is a mistake in the piano accompaniment that occurs on page 18, line 2. bars 3 and 4, it concerns the up-beat to "Tempo primo' and the first three beats of the "Tempo primo" measure itself. Mr. Horovitz explains that that bit should be played twice, thus:
Joseph Horovitz's Concerto has been recorded by the noted Euphonium soloist of the Kettering (England) Salvation Army Band, Mr. Trevor Groom, with Mr. Horovitz conducting the G.U.S. Footwear Band on EMI Records TWOO418.
[EDITORS NOTE: there is also a recording of the Concerto with Robert Childs, euphonium, and the Black Dyke Mills Band.]
The Concerto with a piano reduction, as well as information on rental
of the ensemble accompaniments is available from:
NOVELLO & COMPANY, INC.
Still very active in composition, performance and conducting, Mr. Horovitz is on the permanent composition and theory staff of the Royal College of Music.
NOTE: this article is reprinted from Euphonia magazine, January, 1979, with permission of the publisher, Glenn Call.
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