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  1. Audition Advice - Part 2

    In previous posts I have covered some of the fundamentals of preparing for an audition. Now let's look in more depth at some of the other considerations of preparation and also consider some of the actual "performance" considerations of auditioning. In many ways, auditions are like performances. Both require careful practice and preparation. Both can involve stress, and with stress can come an "oops!" moment or two. Most importantly, your mental attitude and its effect on your appearance matter! ...
  2. Falcone Competition 2014 - Repertoire Lists

    Here is the music for the Falcone competition. In the case of the books listed, a piece will be selected from the book. Even if you are not entering this year, it is good material to practice!

    Links will take you to online resources to purchase:

    Student, Euphonium

    Preliminary Round (recorded with piano accompaniment)
    Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique for Trombone and Piano
    Sheet Music Plus

    Semi-Final Round (unaccompanied)
    Charlier, ...
  3. False Tones in the Low Register

    We all know how brass instruments work, right? Without using any valves, our instruments are like a Boy Scout bugle - there are a bunch of relatively fixed notes available over the range of the horn (the partial series). We can bend each one a little flatter or sharper to match pitch with other players on the same note, but most of us can't bend as much as a half step dependably.

    While I was in high school I discovered an exception to that limitation. I learned that I could start on ...
  4. Video: Euphonium Solo - Tchaikovsky Romance - Played by Dave Werden

    I've uploaded another video from my Winter recital in Eau Claire. This is the Tchaikovsky Romance in f-minor, which is originally a piece for solo piano. I didn't know the piece until Harold Brasch sent me the solo part of a version he had done. As I played through it, I was immediately struck by the attractiveness of Tchaikovsky's melodies. It seemed a great setting for euphonium.

    It has been kicking around in my head for a few decades, and last year I finally got around to arranging ...
  5. Video: Hummel Trumpet Concerto - Euphonium Solo

    Here is the opener from my Feb. 2013 recital at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. The Hummel Trumpet Concerto has long been one of my favorite trumpet pieces. It is amazing easy to hear differences in musical approach when you hear different trumpet players perform it - even among the very top-of-the-top trumpet players. For euphoniumists, that means we can hear several authoritative interpretations to help develop a side of our style that is often overlooked in our low brass world.
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  6. Dave Werden Playing Beauty and the Beast (Euphonium and Piano)

    During my Feb. 10, 2013 recital at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, I wanted to introduce a change of pace from standard literature. Ever since I saw the movie "Beauty and the Beast" I have been a big fan of the title song, and also taken by Angela Lansbury's performance. It was late in Ms. Lansbury's career and her voice had a relaxed, but authoritative, quality. She was singing in the most natural part of her range, which was somewhat low. It seemed a perfect fit for presentation on euphonium, ...
  7. Oral History Interviews with Famous Low-Brass Players

    Many of the visitors to my site are members of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), and many are not. Either group of people may be unaware of a terrific resource available to ITEA members.

    ITEA members can go to iteaonline.org and click the History link, after which you see a link to the Oral History section of their website. In this section you find transcripts of interviews with tuba and euphonium players who are well-know in our community. This is a great way to ...
  8. Dave Werden Playing Chiapanecas - Video

    One of my favorite solos of the late Rafael Mendez is "Chiapanecas". I first heard it in high school. He actually recorded two versions, one with his 2 sons as a trio and one as a solo.

    During the concert March 10 with Oystein Baadsvik I had the chance to perform a solo. There was little time to prepare, and I wanted to choose something different in nature to what I anticipated Oystein would play, so Chiapanecas came to mind. Here is the video of the solo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omo9FpxRvTY
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