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  • davewerden
    Administrator
    • Nov 2005
    • 11127

    Band or Orchestra Pieces that Require a Euphonium Mute

    Use this thread to list the band/orchestra pieces that require a mute. If other than a straight mute, please specify the type!

    I'll add to this list as we get more entries. When a category gets really long, I'll spilt it out to its own thread.

    BAND
    • Doss, Thomas: Spiriti
    • Ellerby, Martin: Paris Sketches
    • Houben, Kevin: Lake of the Moon (one passage with a straight mute and 2 or 3 with cup mute)
    • Hunsberger, Donald: "Star Wars Trilogy" - brief straight mute section at the end of movement IV (Yoda's theme), during the transition into the final movement.
    • Maslanka, David: Symphony Number 4
    • Sakai, Itaru: The Seventh Night of July. It has a short muted section. Not worth the effort!
    • Sandler, Felicia" "Rosie the Riveter" - cup mute for a short section.
    • Schoenberg: Theme and Variations
    • van Der roost, Jan: Dublin Dances


    BRASS BAND
    • (PLACEHOLDER)


    ORCHESTRA
    • Aho: Symphony Number 9
    • Strauss, Richard: Ein Heldenleben and Don Quixote - several sections that require a straight mute in the tenor tuba part.



    Last edited by davewerden; 12-26-2023, 04:16 PM.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    Alliance Mouthpiece DC3, Wick 4AL, Wick 4ABL
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  • 58mark
    Senior Member
    • Feb 2013
    • 481

    #2
    Band: Dublin Dances by Jan van Der roost

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    • mbrooke
      Senior Member
      • Jan 2006
      • 401

      #3
      Originally posted by davewerden View Post
      Use this thread to list the band/orchestra pieces that require a mute. If other than a straight mute, please specify the type!

      I'll add to this list as we get more entries.

      BAND
      • Schoenberg: Theme and Variations


      ORCHESTRA
      • Aho: Symphony Number 9
      Band — The Seventh Night of July by Itaru Sakai. It has a short muted section. Not worth the effort!

      Mike

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      • Eupher6
        Senior Member
        • Mar 2009
        • 452

        #4
        Brass Band pieces?

        I bought a mute about 17 years ago, but I'll be doggoned if I remember which piece it was meant for, except it was for brass band.
        U.S. Army, Retired (built mid-1950s)
        Adams E2 Euph (built 2017)
        Boosey & Co. Imperial Euph (built 1941)
        Edwards B454 Bass Trombone (built 2012)
        Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Eb tuba (built 1958)
        Kanstul 33-T lBBb tuba (built 2010)

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        • davewerden
          Administrator
          • Nov 2005
          • 11127

          #5
          Originally posted by Eupher6 View Post
          Brass Band pieces?

          I bought a mute about 17 years ago, but I'll be doggoned if I remember which piece it was meant for, except it was for brass band.
          Good point. I'll add a brass band category here.
          Dave Werden (ASCAP)
          Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
          Adams Artist (Adams E3)
          Alliance Mouthpiece DC3, Wick 4AL, Wick 4ABL
          YouTube: dwerden
          Facebook: davewerden
          Twitter: davewerden
          Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

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          • TheJH
            Senior Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 338

            #6
            Wind band: Lake of the Moon by Kevin Houben.
            iirc, features one passage with a straight mute and 2 or 3 with cup mute.
            Euphoniums
            2008 Willson 2960TA Celebration
            1979 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign (Round Stamp)
            Mouthpiece: Denis Wick SM4
            Baritone
            1975 Besson New Standard
            Mouthpiece: Courtois 10

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            • MichaelSchott
              Senior Member
              • Mar 2012
              • 473

              #7
              Stumbled on this thread. Paris Sketches-Ellerby.

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              • JTJ
                Senior Member
                • Nov 2005
                • 1089

                #8
                WIND BAND
                David Maslanka: Symphony Number 4

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                • bbocaner
                  Senior Member
                  • May 2009
                  • 1449

                  #9
                  the brass band euphonium part for Thomas Doss's Spiriti requires cup and bucket mutes! I'd say it was silly, but both are actually really cool effects the way they are written and you'd be missing a lot if you didn't use the proper mutes.
                  --
                  Barry

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                  • davewerden
                    Administrator
                    • Nov 2005
                    • 11127

                    #10
                    Thanks for the input. I'm caught up now with all the posts above.
                    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
                    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
                    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
                    Alliance Mouthpiece DC3, Wick 4AL, Wick 4ABL
                    YouTube: dwerden
                    Facebook: davewerden
                    Twitter: davewerden
                    Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

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                    • Fujiifilm
                      Member
                      • Mar 2011
                      • 189

                      #11
                      Wind Band: I remember needing a cup mute for a short section of Felicia Sandler's "Rose the Riveter" (I think the tubas also needed cup mutes too!)

                      In Donald Hunsberger's Star Wars Trilogy arrangement, I believe there's a brief straight mute section at the end of movement IV (Yoda's theme), during the transition into the final movement.

                      Orchestra: Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben and Don Quixote have several sections that require a straight mute in the tenor tuba part.
                      Last edited by Fujiifilm; 12-26-2023, 02:41 PM.
                      Willson 2900 TA-1 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AM
                      Yamaha YSL-643 Trombone - Bob Reeves BrassArk 5G "Gladstone"
                      Yamaha YSL-8440 Trombone - Denis Wick 5BS
                      VMI 3301S BBb Tuba - Schilke Helleberg

                      Past:
                      York Preference 3067 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AL
                      Benge 165F Trombone - Benge Marcellus
                      Wessex BR140 Baritone - Denis Wick 6BS
                      F.E. Olds Special Trombone (ca. 1941)

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                      • Brass is Class
                        Member
                        • Jul 2023
                        • 42

                        #12
                        As I am improve playing contemporary Christian music in church, nothing in the chord sheet requires a mute for my euph, or any other horn. I do have a straight, cup, and Wawa mutes for my trumpet, only use them when messing around during practice. Usually my trumpet is used for the lively upbeat songs where volume is desired by the leader. I have a straight mute for my (tenor) trombone, used occasionally just to quiet it down when everything is really toned down. I can pull the euph sound back easier than I can the ‘bone. Our drummer is primarily a tuba player and we were recently discussing mutes for euphs and tubas. My take was, for my playing a euph mute would be a waste of money. He observed he has actually seen water bottles used as euph mutes, and as far as tuba he only ever needed a mute once, and used a carpet sample as a mute!

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                        • SteveMcGovern
                          Member
                          • Mar 2006
                          • 97

                          #13
                          This video of Peter Graham's "Triumph of Time" for brass band shows cup mutes in use:
                          https://www.dwerden.com/forum/showth...879#post170879

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