I recently had another opportunity to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra. This time the piece that required a euphonium part was Finnish composer Kalevi Aho's Symphony No. 9 for Trombone and Orchestra. It is a contemporary piece first performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska (who also conducted the Minnesota Orchestra's performance). The trombone soloist for the premier was Christian Lindberg, so you might imagine that the composer did not have to worry about the limits
Paul Riggett of Sterling Musical Instruments recently got an unusual contract to build a line of distinctive instruments. The Anglian Water company commissioned Paul to build 5 instruments, sort of a brass quintet with euphonium instead of trombone, that would be made with some brass tubing and as much of Angian's blue water pipe as possible. Photos are below. Paul said he could not quite do a trumpet because none of their stock plastic would be small enough, so he made a cross between trumpet and
The Music Page offers a few downloads of recordings. They offer audio and video files in some cases and they cover various brass instruments. The tuba section is:
and the euphonium section is:
As a reminder, I offer a collection of tuba and euphonium videos with a much larger selection. They are embedded in a video
Have you ever listened to a contemporary piece with unusual sound effects and wondered if you could have written it yourself just as well? According to the British magazine, The Musician, January 26, 1980, page 64:
"On 5 June 1961, the BBC's Third Programme included a 'Mobile for tape and percussion' by an allegedly brilliant Polish composer, Pietr Zak.
"Although taken seriously by several professional music critics representing national journals, the BBC ultimately
Euphonium players are often frustrated by the lack of recognition of the word "euphonium." But sometimes there is a way to make lemonade out of lemons. Consider this newspaper ad The U.S. Coast Guard Band used when Danny Vinson was the tour soloist:
We might as well have a little fun along the way!