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    Lowest Euphonium writing for band youíve ever seen?

    What is the lowest note youíve ever seen in a transcription or original band piece for euphonium? Iím talking about pedal range and writing that looks like a mistake. Thanks!

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    I don't know that ever seen a pedal note in an actual band piece. Lot of them in solos, particularly in cadenzas, but that's a whole 'nother matter. The lowest that I can recall in an actual band piece was in a published transcription of Liszt's "Les Preludes" that we did in high school back in the early '60s. Low C (above pedal Bb), in a 16th-note run. Not east on a non-comp four-valve.
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    First piece that comes to mind is Holst Suite no. 2 in 'F' which gets down to low concert 'C' (4-1-3) and lots of low 'F's (4). Since it's public domain you can look at your part here:
    Scroll down to pg 31 for euphonium part
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  4. Dragon Rhyme by Chen Yi has the euphonium part going down to C2.
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    For reference, I have seen a pedal Bb in Maslanka 10 and a pedal G in a Nelson piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxstrad View Post
    What is the lowest note youíve ever seen in a transcription or original band piece for euphonium? Iím talking about pedal range and writing that looks like a mistake. Thanks!
    Grainger's Childrens March goes down to a few pedal B flat eight notes at the end. And at pp to boot!

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    I donít think youíll get much lower than this....

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    Pedal D concert - I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    Pedal D concert - I love it!
    Maybe my treble clef is bad, but isn't the low note just a a low concert D? The 8va would mean an optional octave up, not down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrooke View Post
    Maybe my treble clef is bad, but isn't the low note just a a low concert D? The 8va would mean an optional octave up, not down.
    It is confusing! First, your idea makes sense because of the context. I may have jumped to a conclusion. However, very often 8va is placed below a passage to indicate an octave down. 8vb is clearer when used. (Then there is an argument that either should really say 7va/7vb because you are moving up or down by 7 notes!)
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