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    Ashokan Farewell - Jay Ungar

    During this past month of 'social distancing' my wife and I have been watching too much TV. A few days ago we started watching the "Yellowstone" series on Peacock streaming service provided by our cable co. It's a modern-day western with Kevin Costner as the lead. In the first episode there was a funeral for one of his sons and the song played was, "Ashokan Farewell" by Jay Ungar. I remember hearing this nice piece back in the 90s on the PBS mini-series, "The Civil War". I thought that might be something different to play on my euph. Not too difficult but since it's normally played by violin or fiddle, there are no obvious places to breathe. I found the music on Musescore. To figure out where to breathe I found the lyrics and added breath marks in appropriate places.

    If interested, here are some links:

    Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar) “The Civil War” soundtrack
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZmxZThb084

    Ashokan Farewell – The Band of H.M. Royal Marines (different key)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ife1qWbliMU

    another version by Royal Marines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3iiBrWKl1w

    Sheet music source - Musescore:
    https://musescore.com/user/166653/scores/171357

    Lyrics:
    http://jayandmolly.com/ashokan-farewell/lyrics/
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    That is a nice piece, Rick, funny you mentioned it, I have played that in a couple bands I play in several times in the past few years. I mostly hear the solo played by alto sax in band. But it would indeed be nice on euphonium, what isn't!!
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    Thanks for the reminder! A student of mine gave me the music several years ago. No idea where it is right now, but I'm in the midst of going through ALL my music and getting it all sorted out. It's bound to turn up!
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    I played that on accordion a few years back in a homecoming service at the church where my parents are buried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBj View Post
    I played that on accordion a few years back in a homecoming service at the church where my parents are buried.
    I bet that was really nice.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
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    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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