Concerto for Euphonium (Wilby)
Philip Wilby (arr. Phillips)
1. Non Troppo Allegro - 8:22
2. Dance Zeibékikos - 2:40
4. Allego Vivace
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
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
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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
- Catcher of Shadows (1989)
- Concertino Pastorale (2001)
- Concerto for Euphonium (arr. Phillips) (1996)
- Concerto for Percussion (2000)
- Dawn Flight (1994)
- Firestar (1983)
- Laudibus in Sanctis (1993)
- A Passion for our Times (1987)
- Symphonia Sacra (1986)
- 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.