OK--I'm making good on my threat...here are a few snippets from the euphonium recital I gave last week with my brass quintet and a tuba-euphonium quartet.
1. The brass quintet does not use a french horn. The thing that sounds like the horn is me playing upper-register euphonium.
2. This ain't your average brass quintet repertoire.
3. I am trying to put the euphonium in new yet audience-friendly contexts.
4. Only try this at home if your high chops are secure
5. Most of the charts are mine, except where I've indicated otherwise.
why am I posting these?
1. 'cause I want all you composers out there to write me some stuff like this.
2. To show you what I've been doing instead of posting and fiddling with GPO.
3. All the charts I wrote were (re)done in Overture and proofed in GPO.
4. I respect your opinions and want you to hear an instrument that is largely overlooked yet has great potential--please send suggestions!!
5. I simply love the euphonium passionately and love it when people see the potential!!
6. THESE ARE ONLY SNIPPETS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES. ANYONE WHO WOULD SHARE THEM IS NUTS.
1. Jim plays the trumpet solo on Spinning Wheel
2. Jim does his Gwen Stefani thing
3. Solos on Struttin' With Some BBQ--Jim & Tuba
4. American in Paris for the Quintet
5. Benediction--tubaeuph quartet (John Stevens)
6. Joshua Fit...tubaeuph quartet (arr. Lennie Niehaus)
7. Swing Low (arr. Lennie Niehaus)
8. Nobody Knows...(arr. Lennie Niehaus)
9. Beale Street Blues (Canadian Brass)
10. Jim Plays the Mozart Euphonium Concerto
11. Jim addresses the throng
12. Sing, Sing, Sing
I sincerely hope you enjoy these snippets and that they might inspire your own creativity.
I am very enthused about the possibilities inherent in the euphonium-tuba quartet...it is such a cool sound and audiences eat it up, even when the "shock factor" subsides.
Thanks, friends, for listening!!