Euphonium with Piano Reduction. Composed by Philip Sparke (1951-). Anglo Music Press Play-Along. 24 pages. Anglo Music Press #AMP284401. Published by Anglo Music Press (HL.44010860).
Item Number: HL.44010860
Also available for euphonium and concert band (HL44010538)
Scaramouche was commissioned by Katrina Marzella with a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund. Undoubtedly the finest baritone player of her generation, Ms. Marzella was granted an education bursary from the BBC Performing Arts Fund (as a result of winning BBC Radio 2's “Young Brass Soloist of the Year” in 2004), which allowed her to commission a series of new works for euphonium.
Scaramouche continues Sparke's series of works that highlights the Italian theatre tradition of commedia dell'arte. Like its predecessors Pantomime and Harlequin, Scaramouche draws on the contrasting moods of pathos and comedy characterized by the symbolic “happy/sad” masks of European theatre. A slow, expressive ballad followed by a spirited vivace allows the composer to exploit both the lyrical and technical sides of the instrument, and the soloist to display its full capabilities.