Release Date: 01/18/19
26 solo 'Euphonium Excerpts for Band' with commentary (53 tracks) 'The President's Own' US Marine Band Euphoniumist
Of all the instruments in the concert band,the euphonium plays one of the most diverse and challenging roles. In addition to being an occasional solo voice charged with playing countermelodies or solo lines, the euphonium is also frequently used as somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades - doubling different instruments, augmenting timbres, and filling out various musical textures. These range from the standard low brass section playing, to the delicate doubling of woodwinds. Regardless of the role assigned in any given piece of music composers and arrangers have throughout the last century required euphoniumists to be extremely versatile in terms of technique and style. It's this versatility that audition panels look for in selecting candidates for employment with any professional concert band.
In preparing excerpts for an audition, a player should begin by asking a basic question: Is this passage soloistic or is it sectional? Or, to put it another way: Is the euphonium the primary voice or is it supporting another primary instrument?
Featuring 26 standard solo 'Euphonium Excerpts for Band'with commentary (53 tracks in all), the goal of this recording is not to present a definitive version of these excerpts, nor to give a comprehensive list of every excerpt that could possibly show up on an audition list. Rather, to provide some basic principles of technique and style as they apply to a selection of excerpts, which have become standard repertoire in euphonium auditions over the past thirty years and represent a wide variety of styles and roles that the euphonium is called upon to fill. These principles can then be used as a starting point to create one's own interpretations.
Throughout his careerDr. Mark Jenkins has been an active soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. He currently serves as principal euphoniumist with 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C.
Label: Summit Records
Run Time: 70 mins
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