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Soloist(s) with Concert Band (Flute 1/Piccolo, Flute 2, Oboe 1/2, Bb Clarinet 1, Bb Clarinet 2, Bb Clarinet 3, Eb Alto Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1/2, Alto Saxophone 1/2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bb Cornet 1, Bb Cornet 2, Bb Cornet 3, Bb Trumpet 1/2, Horn in F 1/2) - grade 4
Euphonium Feature. Composed by Philip Sparke (1951-). Band Music. Score and parts. Duration 9:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.R10171).
Item Number: CN.R10171
One of the earliest of Sparke's fantastic works for euphonium, the "Fantasy" features lyrical and technical passages including some triple tonguing. The work alternates an atmospheric recitative with a driving allegro section. It has quickly become a standard in the repertoire.
An atmospheric 'Lento' sets the scene for a folk-like theme from the soloist with an almost Scottish feel, which is freely played over a drone. This leads to an 'Allegro giusto,' still based on the opening motif of a minor 3rd which unifies the whole piece. The material is neo-classical initially until a freewheeling and fragmentary second subject appears. A slow middle section follows requiring warm expressive playing, before a recapitulation of the 'recit' and the 'Allegro giusto' bring this fine miniature to a close.