I have observed two tendencies in brass players. In one case the player has a strong sense of the sound they want and will blow the horn in such a way as to "encourage" it to produce that sound. In the other case the player will be more affected by the horn itself; they will still be working for a particular sound, but they may be influenced more by the instrument. For lack of a better term, I'll call them "music players" and "instrument players" (with no intent of saying that instrument players
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When the U.S. Coast Guard Band was on tour in Indiana, we had the joy of playing at Indiana University. The great tuba evangelist Harvey Phillips performed with us as special soloist that evening. We have just added another of his solos to our our forum in the Downloads for Members Only section. Note that you need to be a member of the forum to access this one forum category, but membership is free. You will find many other free recordings by great tuba and euphonium players.
I am surprised to find that many euphonium players do not know about the many, many brass quartets that are written as 2 cornets, horn, and euphonium. (There are other types of brass quartets, but this article will focus on the specific instrumentation of 2 cornets, horn or alto horn, and euphonium.) This is a more-or-less standard ensemble in Europe (especially England) and is a direct parallel to the standard string quartet, which is 2 violins (=cornets), viola (=horn), and cello (=euphonium).
Thanks to the generosity of one of our site's forum participants, we have just posted 2 recordings of Leonard Falcone from a live performance in 1969. It was made with the Modesto Junior College concert band. Falcone performs Picci's Fantasie Original and Schubert's Serenade. Forum members can download these recordings at no charge. Learn more on the forum:
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