Kazigul Harlequin was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, euphonium virtuoso David Childs for a CD recording in After purchase you can download your video from your Digital Library. Connect to Trevada music where we are always here to offer friendly help and advice. Close X Music Lists. Whenever this occurs, we will separate the first four digits with commas for clarity. They are widely used in order to make websites work.
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Euphonium Rep. This semester the University of Iowa Tuba Euphonium Studio members will each be doing a Research Project to fulfill our required final project for the semester.
I will be putting together a list of 12 pieces that were composed for Euphonium. Each post I make will either be links to recordings of the piece, or information about the piece or composer. Friday, April 13, Harlequin-Philip Sparke. While at RCM, Sparke formed a brass band among the students and wrote many pieces for it.
Some of his first compositions include Concert Prelude for brass band and Gaudium for wind band. As interest in his music grew the amount of commissions he wrote. In the U. Sparke is also an active adjudicator and conductor however in May , he became a full time composer and started his own music publishing company Anglo Music Press.
A Harlequin is a stock character in french plays. The primary aspect was his physical agility. He is generally depicted as stupid and gluttonous, he was very nimble and performed the sort of acrobatics the audience expected to see. He would never perform a simple action when the addition of cartwheels, somersaults, or flips would spice up the movement. The character was otherwise very elastic as long as they met this criteria.
The actor may change his behavior to suit style, personal preferences, or the particular scenario being performed. The first section of the piece is a slow melodic section with some range difficulties spending most of the time in the mid to upper tessitura.
So adding some rubato, extra dynamics, and appropriate ornaments are just some possibilities. The second section is where the character of a harlequin is evident. It is a rather fast section with a lot of 16th note passages.
This section is even more demanding than the first because there are a couple of runs that stay around a high B-flat for about 5 bars, and then comes back later in the piece. The most difficult sections are towards the end. The first being the descending third pattern about 8 minutes into the piece.
It requires extremely fast flexibility, and that part is one of the most important in the entire piece because it really simulates the idea of laughter. The next tricky section is the ostinato-like arpeggiated 16th notes that come right after the descending thirds motive. Here are a couple YouTube videos of the piece. Posted by.
Philip Sparke: Harlequin: Euphonium