Learn by Listening
by, 04-23-2010 at 06:00 PM (272 Views)
My students already know what I'm going to say in this paragraph, so they can skip to the next. While it may be hard to hear, in the world of brass players, euphoniumists are not the "state of the art." There are some great players who specialize in euphonium, but the top of the heap are still found among trumpet players. They have had the longest tradition of "hot seat" playing; and they have the really great cornet soloists who started our band tradition and wrote method books still in use today. When we wish to listen to the best brass players so we can learn from them, trumpet players have to be on your list!
On my Trumpet Videos page I have recently added some great new videos. I would especially suggest you listen to Sergei Nakariakov playing his flugelhorn on Haydn's Cello Concerto. This is an outstanding example of performing a piece written outside the normal envelope of brass technique, but doing so with apparent ease and obvious musicality. Start with the link below for the first movement, then go on to the next two movements you will find on that page.
Sergei Nakariakov, Haydn Cello Concerto, Movement 1