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    Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto on EUPHONIUM??

    To boldly go where no euphonium should go. Maybe. I have expressed that I'm not sure the Bach cello suites are the best pieces for a euphonium performance, even though they are great for practice! In this demonstration at Tenn Tech, I performed the first movement of the tuba concerto to show it can be played on euphonium. I'm not sure it isn't in the same category as the cello suites, but I wanted to show it can at least be negotiated on euphonium. This was on my Sovereign, which had a stuffy low register, and I had trouble with the piano being too present, but here is the result. Maybe I should try it on my Adams, which would give me a better shot.

    https://youtu.be/doXhW-__qSg

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Here is a video clip from May of me practicing the first page of this movement. Gotta say that it's easier on my Adams than it was when I was working with my old Besson 967! The 967 was a little stuffier in the low range than my old New Standard. Fortunately, today's horns are much better in general in that range.

    https://youtu.be/Y7vZAM5vc74

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
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    Very nice and definitely doable on euphonium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickF View Post
    Very nice and definitely doable on euphonium.
    Thanks, Rick! I'm coming to think that a euphoniumist with a robust low range could perform this concerto with piano. I'm not sure it would work as well with orchestra, especially the 3rd movement, because considerable volume would be needed from the soloist.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece (DC4)
    YouTube: dwerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    Twitter: davewerden
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