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Concerto for Euphonium

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Philip Wilby

Philip Wilby (arr. Phillips)


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General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 18:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Winwood Music
Cost: Score and Parts - €50.00   |   Score Only - €40.00


Movements

1. Non Troppo Allegro - 8:22
2. Dance Zeibékikos - 2:40
3. Andante
4. Allego Vivace


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Euphonium
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

One of the most challenging and demanding concerti, the Wilby Concerto for Euphonium combines incredible energy, driving intensity, soaring lyricism, and great listening enjoyment. However, the challenges present a substantial obstacle for many players. Firstly, there are tremendous technical demands, including rapid and repeating double and triple tonguing through three of the four movements. The patterns are often chromatic, but with small modifications. Difficult rhythmic patterns also present challenges, as does the overall tempo of the work and the endurance needed to sustain the power and balance for the 18 minutes.

The most memorable portion of the concerto is the Dance Zeibékikos. It basically makes up three minutes of pure adrenaline through fast notes, crazy two-octave glissandos, fierce grace notes, and rapid meter changes before ending with the percussion section breaking plates! The third movement then provides a very contemplative interlude before the final movement.

The lyrical nature of the Andante explores the low range of the euphonium before ascending to a poignant statement in a slow 6/8. This writing is wonderfully lush and captures the best qualities of the euphonium before moving directly into the finale. The technical demands return and bring the work to a triumphant conclusion.

-Program Note from Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire


Philip Wilby's Concerto for Euphonium was completed on New Year's Eve 1995 and was written for Robert Childs. Its extended length seeks to explore that fine combination of sustained lyricism and explosive virtuosity which typifies the modern euphonium in the most expert hands.

- Program Note from Just for Brass


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Larry H. Lang, conductor; Brandon Jones, euphonium) – 20 March 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor; David Grayling, euphonium) – 19 November 2017
  • Los Angeles Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor; Neil Jansen, euphonium) - 26 October 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Bone, L.; Paul, E. (ed.) (2007). Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. pp. 148-49.
  • Wilby, P.; Phillips, W. (1996). Concerto for Euphonium: Solo Euphonium and Wind Band [score]. Rosehill Music: Beaconsfield.