The link below is to your resident euphonium player doing a (then) new euphonium concerto by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas. I just discovered the CD (and a million dust bunnies) in a pile of stuff I had forgotten about.
The name Frigyes Hidas may not be known to everyone, but should be well known to wind ensemble devotees or Hungarians or devotees of Hungarian wind ensemble music or Hungarian devotees of wind ensemble music.
If I was not THE first player to do it in the USA, I was one of the first two or three.
The backing band was a mix of highschool and college kids and the performance was part of a low brass clinic I did in Ohio a few years ago (I have concertized extensively on BOTH sides of I-65)
The piece is well written and interesting, melding several different moods into a coherent one-movement concerto. It's not the typical "theme and variations" piece that brass players used to be forced to do. I find the writing to be quite lyrical and very idiomatic for the euphonium.
I particularly like the way Hidas uses texture when the euph is playing vs. when it isn't--I particularly came to like euph & saxes and euph & vibes. I played this piece several times and NEVER felt like I had to fight the ensemble, even when playing pianissimo. (and even when playing on one rehearsal as this was!)
Hidas also uses some non-standard combinations of instruments to good effect...wind ensemble composers would do well to listen to some of the combinations in order to coax more variety out of the wind ensemble
So...for an example of idiomatic writing for euphonium and writing that enhances--but doesn't compete with--a soloist, check this piece out. It's just short of 10 minutes, but it's listener-friendly
I post live performances mainly so that the talented people here can acquaint themselves with the euphonium, in its traditional setting, as well as in different and unfamiliar contexts. It's a little-used and much underappreciated instrument, and my goal is to popularize it by my performances, especially those that put the euphonium in non-traditional roles such as brass quintet and pop/jazz music. If you wish, listen to anything in the "Snorlax's Performances" area that you can click on, as well as the concerto.Snorlax Live in Ohio