Concerto per flicorno basso
Amilcare Ponchielli (ed. Henry Howey)
This work bears the designation Opus 155, PP.143.11
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
The Concerto per flicorno basso was first performed by a municipal band led by Ponchielli in 1872 within Cremona’s Piazza Roma -- the site of a “pagoda” from which public band concerts were performed until around 1930. The work stands as one of the very few original works conceived for the valved tenor brass instrument (called a flicorno basso in Italian) before 1900, and is a large-scale tour-de-force for the euphonium.
A long introduction leads to a wonderful theme that is followed by more and more complicated variations. This concerto owes more to the cornet concerto genre than the trumpet concerto. The interludes separating the variations are repetitions, and the introduction is situated over a pedal, though a newly-composed one. Also, like the cornet concerto, the soloist has additional extended tutti responsibility at the beginning, which is reminiscent of the Baroque/Classical practice. Also, as in the cornet concerto, the three variations are separated by a repeated refrain. The piece has tremendous technical demands for the soloist, and this version of the concerto is a setting for solo euphonium and band that was edited by Henry Howey, professor of low brass at Sam Houston State University.
- Program Note adapted from Henry Howey by Jason Nam
- Audio CD: Steven Meade, euphonium - 2006
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Rovereto (Italy) Wind Orchestra (Andrea Loss, conductor; Steven Mead, euphonium) – 12 July 2019 - WASBE Conference (Buñol, Spain)
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor; Chris Lesley, euphonium) – 30 October 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Concerto per flicorno basso (ed. Howey) (1872/1995)
- Concerto for Trumpet (Ponchielli) (arr. Valenti)
- Dance of the Hours (arr. Bennett) (1876)
- Dance of the Hours (arr. Compello) (1876)
- Dance of the Hours (arr. Laurendeau) (1876/1905)
- Dance of the Hours (arr. Morino) (1876/1906)
- Dance of the Hours (tr. Kennedy; ed. Reed) (1876/)
- Dance of the Hours (arr. Stuart) (1876)
- Fantasia on La Traviata
- Galop (arr. Deahn) (1876/2011)
- Il Convegno
- Milano (arr. Saldarini)
- Sinfonia in B flat Minor (ed. Valenti) (1872/2001)
- Viva l’Esposizione di Cremona (arr. Howey) (1873?)
- Bone, Lloyd E. Jr. and Eric Paull, ed. Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2007, p. 57.
- Jason Nam, personal correspondence, October 2018