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Largo al factotum

Euphonium Feature

By Geoffrey Brand

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Soloist(s) with Concert Band (Solo Euphonium, 1st Flute/Piccolo, 2nd Flute, Oboe 1/2, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon 1/2, Eb Alto Saxophone 1/2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone, Bb Cornet 1, Bb Cornet 2/3, F Hor) - grade 4
Euphonium Feature. Composed by Geoffrey Brand. Arranged by Geoffrey Brand. Band Music. Score and parts. Duration 5:00. Published by G & M Brand Music Publishers (CN.R10256).

Item Number: CN.R10256

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! The fast-flowing verbal gymnastics have been transformed into a nimble usage of tongue and fingers by a euphonium soloist supported by an alert accompaniment, Largo al factotum is an energetic romp. Rossini's gift for melody and a sense of humor is obvious in this transcription by Geoffrey Brand.

Rossini wrote his opera, The Barber of Seville, in less than three weeks, a remarkable achievement even for a 24 year old! No matter that the first performance, given in Rome in 1816 was hissed, The Barber of Seville offered abundant evidence that here was a composer possessed of a gift for melody and, no less, a sense of humor. Figaro is the town barber, an ideal setting in which to indulge his traits as a wily trickster. In the opera, Largo al Factotum provides Figaro with the opportunity to declaim his penchant for intrigue. Two suitors are pursuing one lady, Rosina, a situation much to Figaro's liking, allowing him to indulge in plot and counter-plot. Vocally, Largo al Factotum calls for fast flowing verbal gymnastics which, in this instrumental version, transfers to the nimble usage of tongue and fingers by a euphonium soloist supported by an alert accompaniment.

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