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Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Ensemble (Day)

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Kevin Day

Kevin Day


Subtitle: Machine


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score (print) - $50.00


Movements

1. Machine - 4:10
2. Feeling - 5:24
3. Paradox - 6:46


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Euphonium
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals or Tam-Tam
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum, Marching
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Concerto for Euphonium & Wind Ensemble was commissioned by Don Winston and dedicated to renowned soloist Demondrae Thurman, Professor of Euphonium at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The composition is about 15 minutes long, three movements, and is a non-traditional concerto for the instrument. Being a euphonium player myself, I wanted to try to create something different, yet effective, for the repertoire. The work has a high technical and range demand and showcases all parts of the euphonium.

I really enjoyed this commission opportunity, and I want to thank Don Winston and Demondrae Thurman for helping me bring this composition to life. The movements are called Machine, Feeling, and Paradox, and so I sought the help of my friend and colleague Byron Myles to help me come up with a concept for the concerto. With his permission, I used his insight to the piece as the program note for the work and I hope you enjoy what he has written about the concerto. Here it is below:

“Kevin called me with his plot for what this piece is about. He explained that the first movement, Machine, is based on the machine sounds. The second movement Feeling is based on this machine developing human emotions and experiencing what it is like to feel on the level that we as humans do. The last movement, Paradox, is the embodiment of the internal conflict that presents itself as the machine battles what it is versus what it feels.

When Kevin called me, he wasn’t sure what to write for the last movement and how it was going to tie together this idea. So he asked my opinion on the matter. This is how I view it: This piece is a metaphor. Machine represents the idea of what others see us as and what society tells us to be. Feeling is what we believe ourselves to be. What we truly want and how we want to be perceived. But as we all know, those two concepts (what society sees us as and how we see ourselves) don’t always mix. This brings us to Paradox. This represents the constant battle and inner conflict that we have with who we are as we see it and how others see us. This is something we all can relate to on some level. We struggle with this internal conflict of what we think we are, versus what others think we are, when in reality they are two sides of the same coin. We are a combination of both. There is no self without other, and there is no me without you.”

- Program Note by Byron Myles and Kevin Day


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