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    not a tough song at all, but I loved The Mad Major. just an outright fun piece.

    Not a march, but another song I really missed from high school was Greensleeves. I don't remember who composed the arrangement (EDIT: the Alfred Reed arrangement) we had, but I was hands-down the most beautiful song I've played (granted, my playing experience is limited to high school band level and below, but still...). I wouldn't call our arrangement a 'euphonium song,' but the euphs were what gave that arrangement its soul. I've come close to crying at the climax of that piece while we were playing.

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    There is really a lot of good band music out there with great euph parts. The first piece that I played as a true euphonium player, not a rouge trumpet, was Amparita Roca. It's just a fun piece, and it the euphonium part is always moving. The euph parts starts with a long, low, run of 8th notes, and then after that it's always on the melody or an awesome counter melody.

    Another great piece to play is Elsa's Proccesion to the Cathedral from Wagner's opera, Lohengrin. I had the great pleasure of getting to play it in my high school band last year WITH our local college band, Colorado State University. It was an awesome experience to have two entire bands playing it, especially when we got to the big, brass finale towards the end. The entire concert hall was rubling, and the woodwinds could only comment on the brass the next day.

    Holst's 2nd Suite is obviously really fun to play as a euphonium player, but I have to say, his 1st Suite is infinitely more interesty from a theory view. The way he inverts the first melody and creates a seemingly new, minor melody is just genious.

    A few other fun pieces are Contre Qui Rose, Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song, and El Camino Real.

    This is all also from a high school seniors point of view, so y'all can take it with a grain of salt.

  3. Best band music for euphonium

    The pieces that my HS wind ensemble are playing right now are:

    Ghost Train - Eric Whitacre - Heavy euph all throughout

    Burst - Sean O'Loughlin - Nice and easy piece

    Galop - Dmitri Shostakovich - Not my favorite as it has almost no distinct Euph sound to it

    Chester (an Overture For Band) - William Schuman - byfar my favorite

    and of course:

    Stars and Stripes Forever - Sousa

    They aren't really too heavy on the bass. Alot of tuba parts though.


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    Best band music for euphonium

    There's a couple of pieces which The Brandon Community Band (which I play 1st euph) that have neat uses of the euphonium.

    Kaddish by W. Francis McBeth. The euphonium part alternates being a cello like background (often with the tuba) and some neat mid to high stuff which is doubled in the horn parts (too bad we don't have horns however ). The range goes up to a high C towards the end of the piece.

    Nemu Susato by Jan Van der Roost. Its a Renaissance style like piece which has 2 euphonium parts most of the piece. The euph. part has the melody in most of the piece. There's a muted section in one spot which I'm not going bother using a mute. The counting is a bit tricky in the second half of the piece. Its goes into 3/4 but its 1 however there's a few spots which has a few 3/2 measures bracketed above the measures. It looks harder then it looks thankfully.

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    My vote is for the band transcription of the Verdi Requiem (if my memory is correct, it was marked as the Manzoni Requiem, Manzoni being the deceased person for whom Verdi wrote the piece).

    Also from memory, if this piece shows up on your stand: (1) bring your best technical chops and (2) don't sit anywhere near the bass drum.

    NC_Amateur_Euph
    Greensboro, NC


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    I have always loved the solo in Holst's Second Suite, and I too sometimes cracked that "G"! It takes a lot of work....I think the difficulty comes in depressing two valves and blowing thru more tubes than just one -- what's more, if one does not guage the playing dynamics correctly, valves 1 + 2 can unwittingly play an "A" (vs. "G").

    I'm also a fan of Percy Aldridge Grainger (his stage name...his actual name was George Percy Grainger), and really loved "Lincolnshire Posy" -- have not played it for many, many years, and I truly miss it!

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    The Manzoni Requiem is my favorite piece to listen to

    http://www.alfred-music.com/in...?=&manufacturers_id=37

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    Has anyone ever played Karl King's THE GOLDEN DRAGON? I played it in HS in the late 1950's and it has a wonderful euph solo. Now, I can't find a recording of it anywhere, and I've looked all over the internet. If you know of a recording of this piece, please let me know.


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    Best band music for euphonium

    I've played it but have never seen a recording for it.

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    Best band music for euphonium

    For marches, I think Colonol Bogey March and King Cotton have nice euph parts.


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