This is an epic and majestic euphonium concerto, written very much in a Spanish style, especially the two outer movements. The middle movement, Andantino, is beautifully reflective and passionate. One of the most challenging and rewarding solos in the repertoire, this concerto embodies in many ways the spirit of Paganini and Liszt for the euphonium and represents one of the most outstanding selections for euphonium and large ensemble. It features virtuoso technique, intense melody, and a need for panache and flair.
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Biography[ edit ] Horovitz was born in Vienna , Austria, into a Jewish family which emigrated to England in to escape the Nazis.
He then undertook a year of further study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His musical career began in , when he became music director at the Bristol Old Vic. He was subsequently active as a conductor of ballet and opera, and toured Europe and the United States. Horovitz married Anna in , shortly after coaching at the bi-centenary celebration for Mozart and Glyndeborne. They honeymooned in Majorca , staying in Paguera and visiting Valldemossa.
He later used these two names for two clarinet pieces, based on Spanish folk-tunes he had heard there. Between and he belonged to the board of the Performing Rights Society. His fifth string quartet,  which according to Daniel Snowman is "probably his most profound work", was first performed to honour the 60th birthday of Ernst Gombrich at the Victoria and Albert Museum in by the Amadeus Quartet.
In , he was awarded the Commonwealth Medal, and since then he has received many other awards for his compositions.
Joseph Horovitz: Four Concertos
Traditionally, this design favours the listener, as it were, first in the head, then in the heart, and finally in the toes. My Concerto for Euphonium with brass band fits comfortably into this scheme. Throughout the work the solo has been given several companions with whom he indulges in duet-playing, mostly lightly accompanied by small sections of the band in harmonic support. The first Solo B flat cornet, and the Soprano E flat are mainly used for this, but even the second Euphonium in the slow movement and timpani and trombones in the finale are often given important thematic elements. Technically, in the first movement, the soloist has to combine clear strong phrases with gentle melismatic meandering, as well as negotiating many acute-angled leaps which justify themselves by the enharmonic changes beneath. In the slow movement secure breath control is called for to sustain even flow in the main long melody. This movement also contains the only cadenza element in the work — two pastoral-flavoured passages, which I dedicate to the mysteriously beautiful Border-country.
Solo repertoire[ edit ] In contrast to the long-standing practice of extensive euphonium use in wind bands and orchestras, until approximately forty years ago there was literally no body of solo literature written specifically for the euphonium, and euphoniumists were forced to borrow the literature of other instruments. Transcriptions[ edit ] The most common sources of transcriptions for euphonium are the cornet , vocal , cello , bassoon and trombone repertoires. In each case, one can see the common threads of ease of reading and performance: cello and bassoon both customarily read in bass clef , making them easily adaptable; vocal solos are naturally suited to the singing quality of the euphonium; and in playing cornet solos the euphonist may use the same fingerings that a cornettist would. A little later, in the early twentieth century, the American cornettist Herbert L. Clarke wrote a body of virtuosic solos, including Carnival of Venice, Bride of the Waves, and From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific, that were and still are often performed on euphonium.
EUPHONIUM CONCERTO HOROVITZ PDF
Biography[ edit ] Horovitz was born in Vienna , Austria, into a Jewish family which emigrated to England in to escape the Nazis. He then undertook a year of further study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. His musical career began in , when he became music director at the Bristol Old Vic. He was subsequently active as a conductor of ballet and opera, and toured Europe and the United States. Horovitz married Anna in , shortly after coaching at the bi-centenary celebration for Mozart and Glyndeborne.