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Part 8: Arthur Lehman Remembers Euphoniumist Harold Brasch

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The 8th article by Arthur Lehman about Harold Brasch is now online. Arthur shares more of his memories of the great player and teacher.


Here is an excerpt:


...The college kid had a brand new Besson euphonium, shiny silver plated. Beautiful horn. To get an idea how the boy played, Harold put up a piece of music for the pupil to read. Apparently, the young fellow was not making a good impression on Harold with a sort of "attitude problem." Too smart, it seems.


Harold decided to bring him down a peg or two. "Play that passage for me, and be careful how you play it. Do as well as you can," or words to that effect is how Harold instructed his pupil. The boy wasn't such a good player and did poorly in reading the part, not playing it well at all. Harold, seeing his opportunity to put him in his place, made this remark to the boy, "That wasn't too good. I counted 23 mistakes. Play it again and try to eliminate some of those mistakes," instructed Harold. The kid tried it again. Harold remarked, "That was a little better. You still made 18 mistakes, so try it again and try to eliminate some more mistakes," Harold instructed him. The young fellow was getting steamed by now but he did try it once again. Harold remarked that that was better but there were still 15 mistakes there so he should try it again and be more careful eliminate more of the mistakes.



Read the whole article here:

Harold Brasch, Euphoniumist and Teacher, Remembered - part 8 (by former Marine Band Euphonium Soloist, Arthur Lehman)


See more of Arthur Lehman's writings here:

Arthur Lehman Euphonium Articles

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