• Joseph Horovitz
  • Euphonium Concerto (1972)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the National Brass Band Championships

Version for Euphonium and orchestra available on hire

  • brass band [=wind orchestra] [=chamber orchestra]
  • euphonium and piano
  • Euphonium
  • 16 min
    • 25th October 2020, Sunset Center, Monterey, CA, United States
    • 20th March 2021, Culture and Congress House, Aarau, Switzerland
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Programme Note

This concerto is probably the first for the instrument, and was written in 1972 as the result of a commission by the National Brass Band Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

As a concerto, it is based on the classical form whilst acknowledging later modifications to it. The first Moderato movement reflects the composer's melodic instinct, although within this framework the soloist embellishes the material freely. A lento movement which follows, contains the only Cadenza elements in the work, recalling folk tunes. The finale is strongly driven at first by a rhythmic motive stated by trombones and timpani, but the soloist provides a contrast with a sprightly Rondo theme. A whole-tone version of the theme concludes the work in a flourish of virtuoso display.

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Euphonium Concerto: I. Moderato
Euphonium Concerto: II. Lento
Euphonium Concerto: III. Con moto

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