Video: When Is an Easy Piece Hard?
by, 09-29-2015 at 05:21 PM (8307 Views)
One would ordinarily think a piece in 4/4, named "Romance," marked "Moderato," where the quickest rhythm is in a few dotted-eighth/sixteenth figures would be pretty easy, right? Well, OK, it's in A concert, but that is one of the standard scales taught in school and used in high school band pieces (sometimes, anyway).
There are two harder things about this piece. One is the upper range, which goes to a high C# concert (D# treble). That's a bit tough. But I find the hardest facet by far is needing to present a smooth, "romance"-sounding flow while negotiating some arpeggios that include skips of an octave + a third in some cases. It's a good challenge, though! This is one of my all-time favorite Romantic-era pieces and it's well worth the effort. The video below is brand new and you can hear how it sounds on euphonium.
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EASTER EGG (Special, non-obvious feature)
We have talked on this blog and forum about the use of alternate fingerings, both for technical issues and for intonation. Within this video the sharp-eyed and sharp-eared observer may notice a different use. See if you can pick it out!