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Jim Curnow

James Curnow


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Subtitle: For Euphonium and Band


General Info

Year: 1984 / 1998
Duration: c. 19:20
Difficulty: VI (solo); V (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $129.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Movements

1. Introduction - 1:10
2. Variant I, Allegro con brio - 5:00
3. Variant II, Lento con teneramente – 4:35
4. Variant III, Presto – 2:40
5. Variant IV, Adagio con calore - 3:25
6. Finale - 1:35


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Through variations in tempo and tone, Symphonic Variants brings forth the sonority of the euphonium and the skills of the soloist. The work begins with an allegro con espressivo statement of the theme and alternates with adagio and allegro con spirito variations. Lento, presto, and pesante treatments add further interest to the composition.


- Program Note by publisher


Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band was commissioned by Dr. Harry Begian, Director of Bands at the University of Illinois. It was premiered by Phillip Franke, principal trombonist with the United States Marine Band. This “tour de force” is a four-movement work, artfully showcasing the range and flexibility of the euphonium.

Through variations in tempo and tone, the Symphonic Variants bring forth the sonority of the euphonium and the skills of the soloist. The work begins with an allegro con espressivo statement of the theme, and alternates with adagio and allegro con spirito variations. Lento, presto, and pesante treatments add further interest to the composition.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark Records CD Gusto! Friends, Rhapsodies and Musical Relish, Mansfield University Concert Wind Ensemble


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Bone, L.; Paul, E. (ed.) (2007). Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. pp. 142.
  • Curnow, J. (1998). Symphonic Variants: For Euphonium and Band [score]. Curnow Music Press: Wilmore, Ky.