In 1981 the great British euphoniumist Barrie Perrins sent me a letter with some interesting enclosures. One had to do with jokes. It was an article he wrote for the magazine The Musician and was titled "It's a Funny World."
The last part of the article dealt with musical jokes, and it told one of my favorite stories. It's a favorite partly because it points out the ease with which some reviewers (and "regular" people) assume something is good just because it's new. Here is the section:
Dave Werden and Tim Morris, euphoniums, and Sara Brunk, piano, performing Dave's arrangement of a Fritz Kreisler favorite, Liebesfreud, or "Love's Joy." The arrangement is available here:
Tim and I are both playing Adams Custom euphonium, each one made of yellow and gold brass, with a sterling silver bell. The instruments are hand-made in Holland. Learn more here:
Tim Morris and Dave Werden, euphoniums, and Sara Brunk, piano, performing a duet originally written for sopranos. The duet is from Lakme, by Delibes, arranged for euphoniums and piano by Adam Frey. Tim is playing the first euphonium part.
Sorry about the lighting, but the sun came around during the recording. Tim and I are not quite so exposed, but poor Sara got really blasted with light.
The sheet music we used is available from:
Editor's Note: This story was provided by a user of my website who recently purchased a euphonium from eBay. There were a few complications in the process, and her story may prove instructive.
We were in the market for a good quality used King 2280 for my 8th grade son. Per Dave Werden, it's very difficult to find 2280's in great shape and so when this one listed on E-Bay for $1,699 under the category of "New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging..."
Euphonium soloist David Werden and pianist Sara Brunk performing "Tico Tico." This Lewis Buckley arrangement was written originally for tuba marvel Oystein Baadsvik (you would want to specify the "high tuba" version to play it on euphonium).
We used a medium tempo, which was an interesting experience. I think it fit the piece nicely, but it almost would have been easier to play it more quickly! At this tempo,
I usually refer to my horn as an "Adams euphonium" but the more proper name would be an "Adams Custom euphonium." Because so much of the work of building the horn is done by hand the factory is fairly flexible about making alterations.
In my case I asked for two "comfort" options for mine:
I wanted the leadpipe angle just a bit more horizontal so it matched my "upstream" embouchure better. While I was at the factory they tried several leadpipe bends for me. The horn I was using
Here is the latest in my series of videos that might be called "Songs that Are Easy Enough for Anyone to Play, but Are Good Musical Practice." (I need to work on that title a bit, though!)
I'm sure most of you will know the song from the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" where this song is sung by the scarecrow. As with some of the others in this series, the style is lighter than many euphonium players typically attempt. Yet it is a very important side of musical style to develop. And
I just uploaded a new euphonium/piano video to my YouTube channel. In this one we are playing a song that I heard in the movie "The Glenn Miller Story" called "I Know Why (and So Do You)." The series of videos I've been doing lately are partly intended to give players ideas about songs they can perform to help develop style. I've been choosing songs that don't require advanced technique or range, and as such they would be doable by anyone from high school on up. They would be a good way to help