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Ermano Picchi (variations by Simone Mantia; arr. and ed. Corwell)

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General Info

Year: 1906 / 2012
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00


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Program Notes

Simone Mantia (1873-1951), the great euphonium virtuoso, created this solo by combining several themes from the works of Romano [sic] Picchi. It is generally presumed that Mantia also wrote the two variations that follow the main theme. This version of the old “war horse” solo is an extensive revision of Mantia’s original. The work has been streamlined by the elimination of some interludes and the inclusion of an optional cut. Other changes include the re-writing of cadenzas, scoring changes, and the addition or alteration of dynamic, articulation, and tempo markings.

Despite the many changes, all the challenges of Mantia’s original are still present. Multiple-tonguing skills and excellent technical fluidity are pre-requisites for the soloist. This new version is a bit more demanding than the original, primarily because of the extension of range and the elimination of many rests. This spicing-up of the solo part also includes the injection of some humor that was not present in the original work.

The band-accompanied version was premiered July 2012 by the Hagerstown Municipal Band in Hagerstown, Maryland, Neal Corwell as soloist.

- Program Note by Neal Corwell


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Hiram Diaz, euphonium) – 8 April 2018 (College Park, Md.)
  • Virginia (Alexandria) Grand Military Band (Loras John Schissel, conductor; Phil Franke, euphonium) – 11 November 2017
  • Fairfax (Va.) Wind Symphony (Stanley R. Schoonover, conductor; Phil Franke, euphonium) – 1 April 2016 (ACB 2016 Annual Convention (Pittsburgh, Penn.))
  • Bellefonte (Penn.) Community Band (Joshua E. Long, conductor) – 13 March 2016
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Richard K. Henebry, conductor; Neal Corwell, euphonium) – 6 February 2016

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