Level III – High School

Level III - High School
Range approximately F2 to G4. Moderate tessitura. More rhythmic complexity. Extended syncopations, semi-quaver (sixteenth note) patterns, triplets, and so on. Limited use of double and triple tonguing.

* These levels are general guidelines and recognised as quite subjective. Level indications describe attributes and requirements of the music more so than the expected skill of the player. Works are listed alphabetically under the composer's surname.

Busy Body
Composer: Brodbeck, George - www.whatarechords.com
Title: Busy Body
Publisher: AMEB Publications - Orchestral Brass Series 1, Third & Fourth Grade - www.ameb.edu.au/shop/brass
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2002
Duration: 2'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Busy Body is a medium swing work suitable for intermediate players with a strong upper and lower register. As well as covering two and a half octaves, this work also moves between swung quavers and a straight bossa feel throughout the work.

Stillness
Composer: Cambell, Stuart - Linkendin Profile
Title: Stillness
Publisher: AMEB Publications - Orchestral Brass Series 1, Third & Fourth Grade - www.ameb.edu.au/shop/brass
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2002
Duration: 1'45"
Level: II-III - Intermediate to High School
Range:

Annotation: Stillness is a slow work written in a solemn style. It has some challenges in terms of pitching with some leaps of a fifth and sixth into the upper register during the conclusion of the work. It features a short senza misura section in the middle and is a great work for players to work on expression and musicality.

At Dawn
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: At Dawn
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1925
Duration: 4'05"
Level: III - High School
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Matthew van Emmerik, euphonium and Brendan Kinsella, piano
Annotation: At Dawn is a flowing melody in 9/8 time in the style of Reverie which means a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts, a daydream. After the initial section there is a cadenza, before returning to the original melody. A bright variation on the melody is heard before once again returning to the original melody.

At Sunset
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: At Sunset
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1925
Duration: 7'25"
Level: III - High School
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
Annotation: At Sunset opens with a cadenza before moving into the first andante section. An agitato section follows while remaining in the vocal style of the opening section. A second cadenza follows a short piano break before the soloist returns to the opening andante melody.

Lucille
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Lucille
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1927
Duration: 6'20"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
Annotation: Lucille is a caprice in several sections and styles. It begins with a flowing melody which immediately uses semi-quavers to decorate the melody. A short cadenza follows before moving into an allegretto tempo with a rubato feel. An allegro piano section is then followed by a change in style to grazioso all at a p dynamic. The final section works as a gradual building of tempo and energy through a moderate section, an allegro section and into an allegretto section which itself has an accel poco a poco. This leads to a short cadenza to finish the work.

Miranda
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Miranda
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1920
Duration: 6'20"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
Annotation: Miranda is a brilliant, showy work in a spirited and flashy style. As with the majority of Code's works, it begins with an andante melody before quickly moving to a cadenza to show the technique of the soloist. The original melody returns with variation and quickly into a second cadenza. A bolero in 3/4 follows which makes up the middle section of the work. A more traditional nineteenth-century style variation leads into a spirited conclusion to the work, finishing with a short flashy cadenza again showing the soloist's technique.

Neath Austral Skies
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Neath Austral Skies
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1921
Duration: 7'15"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Matthew van Emmerik, euphonium with brass band (Kew Band Melbourne)
Annotation: Neath Australia Skies is a flashy solo and a technical showpiece. It opens with the traditional andante melody as in most of Code’s solo works and moves into an ornamented variation on this melody. A cadenza offers the soloist an opportunity to show their technique with a mixed interval style variation with the melody in the top half of the intervals. A lively tempo di valse Brillante follows the cadenza with an animato variation preceding an extended piano section. A new tempo di valse Brillante melody is introduced and a similar animato variation on it before the original tempo di valse Brillante section returns and leads into a spirited conclusion to the work featuring triple tonguing and a virtuosic cadenza.

Prelude de Concert
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Prelude de Concert
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1934
Duration: 4'30"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
Annotation: Prelude de Concert is Code’s final solo work in almost a rondo style form of ABAC. The opening section is not quite the usual Code flowing opening melody seen in his previous works and is more of a showpiece using octave leaps and moving from the upper to the lower register of the instrument over one to two bars. The second section is more of a traditional nineteenth-century theme and variation style section leading into a technical cadenza. The opening section returns before a modulation from concert Bb major to concert B major for a march or fanfare like section to conclude the work.

Wendouree
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Wendouree
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1919
Duration: 4'45"
Level: III - High School
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium with Daniel Stipe, piano
Annotation: Wendouree was the first work written for solo brass by an Australian composer. It was written as a test work for the Royal South Street Competition in Ballarat, a competition that continues to this day. The work begins with a cadenza before moving into the main melodic subject of the work. An agitato section follows with hints of the original melody before a modulation from concert Eb major to concert B major and an uplifting short section. The work returns to concert Eb major and back into the original style with the original melody from the opening returning in a grandioso style leading into a short five bar lento to ease to the conclusion of the work.

Zanette
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Zanette
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1925
Duration: 6'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Wayen Bowden, euphonium
Annotation: Zanette is another caprice work by Code and follows a similar form to his other caprices. It opens with an andante melody with immediate decoration or ornamentation before leading to a technical cadenza. A light and bouncy allegretto follows and leads into a graceful melody at p which allows the soloist to show their musicality and control. The work concludes with light brillante section which is a technical showpiece for the soloist.

Zelda
Composer: Code, Percy - www.adb.anu.edu.au
Title: Zelda
Publisher: Potenza Music - www.potenzamusic.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1923
Duration: 7'15"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Preserving Code' by Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Matthew van Emmerik, euphonium with Peter Baker, piano
Annotation: Zelda is Percy Code’s best-known solo work and has been performed and recorded by brass soloists all over the world for the past 100 years. It is in a caprice style and a real showpiece for the soloist. It opens with a melody which allows room for the soloist to show both musicality and technical skill before leading into a cadenza. A light rubato allegretto section builds through an accel poco a poco before a reflective amoroso section. A technical light section follows and shows the flexibility of the soloist before returning to the rubato allegretto from earlier. This builds into a quick coda section with quick double tonguing and a vivace extension of this double tonguing section to conclude the work.

Three for Two
Composer: Collins, Brendan - www.brendancollins.com.au
Title: Three for Two
Publisher: Brendan Collins - www.brendancollins.com.au
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied euphonium duet
Date: 2019
Duration: 8'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Movements: 1. PFC; 2. BPT; 3. TP
YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell and Adele Mitchell, euphonium
Annotation: Three for Two is an unaccompanied euphonium duet for student and teacher. The concept of this work allows a student and teacher to perform duets with one part at an advanced level for the teacher and the simpler part for the student.  Each of the three movements represents a composer of duets who Collins admired as a student. 1. Pierre Clodomir; 2. Telemann (canonical duet); 3. Tommy Pederson.                              

The world premiere performance of this work was given by Fletcher and Adele Mitchell at the Lieksa Brass Week, Finland in 2019.

Sevens
Composer: Cooper, Ian - www.australiancomposers.com.au
Title: Sevens
Publisher: AMEB Publications - Orchestral Brass Series 1, Third & Fourth Grade - www.ameb.edu.au/shop/brass
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date:1992
Duration: 1'15"
Level: II-III - Intermediate to High School
Range:

Annotation: Sevens is a clever piece in 7/8 time with the beat combinations of 3+2+2 or 2+2+3. It is a light and lively work with a contrasting middle section which remains in 7/8.

I Love the One Who Made the Stars!
Composer: Davies, Howard
Title: I Love the One Who Made the Stars!
Publisher: The Salvation Army - Australian Southern Territory
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and brass band
Date: 2009
Duration: 2'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: I Love The One Who Made The Stars! is based on a vocal work by the same composer and is set to music in this solo euphonium and brass band setting. The euphonium’s singing qualities are used to full effect as the solo line sings through the middle and upper register in this wonderful ballad.

From the Heart
Composer: Gott, Barrie - www.bgmusic.com.au
Title: From the Heart
Publisher: BG Music - www.bgmusic.com.au
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano (brass band and wind band accompaniment available)
Date: 2002
Duration: 3'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: From the Heart was written at the request of the late Riki McDonnell for a project he was working on for euphonium and piano. It was subsequently scored for brass band and concert band.

The piece takes its inspiration from Rikki’s jubilant nature and his constant support for younger musicians. A short light work with a Latin groove and style.

The accompaniment parts are rhythmic with an occasional melodic motive and the euphonium melody features an ascending octave. In the middle section, the soloist plays semi-quaver (sixteenth note) obligato patterns before returning to the main theme in the new key of Ab. It would be perfect for a high school band looking for an easy accompaniment.

Dance
Composer: Gross, Eric - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Brass in Three
Publisher: AMEB Publications - Brass Series 1, Third & Fourth Grade - www.ameb.edu.au/shop/brass
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1995
Duration: 1'00"
Level: II-III - Intermediate to High School
Range:

Annotation: Dance is different to most works at this level in its angular harmony and sempre staccato articulation. It has extensive use of accidentals and requires a good knowledge of the chromatic scale and enharmonic notes.

Euphonism
Composer: Gross, Eric - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Euphonism
Publisher: Australian Music Centre - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 1988
Duration: 4'20"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Euphonism is only the second work to be written specifically for solo euphonium and one of only three works written specifically for solo euphonium prior to 2000. This piece was written with the purpose of exploiting the melodic and dynamic capabilities of the euphonium. It provides performance opportunities for melodic playing, contrasting tempi and dynamics, lively sections, a short cadenza and a slow quiet end to the work.

Maximus
Composer: Hallam, Adrian - www.hallammusic.com
Title: Maximus
Publisher: Hallam Music - www.hallammusic.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2018
Duration: 3'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Dedication: for James Blackford
YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium and Marko Hilpo, piano
Annotation: Maximus is a fun work with a driving rock feel. It features sections in fanfare style, rock style and melodic sections with a cinematic feel throughout.                  

The world premiere performance of this work was given by Fletcher Mitchell at the Lieksa Brass Week, Finland in 2019.

Concertino for Euphonium
Composer: Hancock, Martyn - www.martynhancock.com
Title: Concertino for Euphonium
Publisher: Currently unpublished - Details from fletcher.mitchell@hotmail.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and wind band (piano accompaniment available)
Date: 2014
Duration: 8'00"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

Movements: 1. Allegronon troppo; 2. Slow Waltz; 3. Allegro con spirito
YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium with wind band (Monash University Wind Symphony)

Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium with Kim Carbello (piano)
Annotation: Concertino for Euphonium consists of three movements with the first two played without break. The work explores a range of diverse harmonies hinting at both jazz and classical styles, which accompany and interesting melodic line that regularly shifts through diatonic, atonal and modal tonalities.

The world premiere performance of this work was given by Fletcher Mitchell at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, USA in 2014. 

Romanza
Composer: Heading, Andrew - www.kookaburramusic.com
Title: Romanza
Publisher: Kookaburra Music - www.kookaburramusic.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2014
Duration: 4'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Romanza is a lighter work with strong melodic links throughout the work. It begins with a softer, subtle melody which is developed as the work continues with an overall arch of crescendo until the climax of the work before an easing back to the opening gentle feel.

Soft Sun
Composer: Holley, Alan - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Soft Sun
Publisher: AMEB Publications - Brass Series 1, Third & Fourth Grade - www.ameb.edu.au/shop/brass
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1996
Duration: 1'45"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Soft Sun is in a slow gospel/blues style with a swung quaver and 12/8 feel throughout despite in 4/4 time.

Leonie
Composer: Johnston, Helen
Title: Leonie
Publisher: Level Music Publishing - www.matthewvanemmerik.com
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 1953
Duration: 3'45"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Neath Austral Skies' - Matthew van Emmerik
YouTube: Matthew van Emmerik, euphonium with brass band (Kew Band Melbourne)
Annotation: Leonie is the only slow melody written by Johnston for solo brass and is a short concert work which is quite different from her other four solo brass compositions. It is written in the style of a waltz with variations and a short cadenza. The melody writing once again shows the elegant musicality of Johnston.

Magnifcat
Composer: Keeffe, David - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Magnifcat
Publisher: Australian Music Centre - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2015
Duration: 4'30"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

Annotation: Magnificat is a reflective and melodious short item in a pop-baroque style and is suitable for sacred and slow melody contests. The open recitative follows the rhythm of the traditional English translation of the original Latin text, and melody appears twice more in the work.

Australian Folk Song Fantasy
Composer: Moule, Derek - www.noteburra.com
Title: Australian Folk Song Fantasy
Publisher: Noteburra - www.noteburra.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2009
Duration: 5'00"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

Annotation: A challenging concert or contest piece, originally written for the composer's sister, Lauren. It is based on 4 Australian folk tunes; 'A Thousand Miles Away', 'Banks of Condamine', 'Eugowra Rocks' and 'Streets of Forbes' and explores the full range of pitch, dynamics and tonal qualities of the euphonium.

Moon Shadows
Composer: Palamountain, Chris
Title: Moon Shadows
Publisher: Currently unpublished - Details from fletcher.mitchell@hotmail.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2016
Duration: 4'30"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium with Tuomas Turriago, piano
Annotation: Moon Shadows is a jazz ballad and was inspired by a scene encountered by a cold, still, silent, beautifully moonlit winter’s night.  It features beautiful melodies from the euphonium as well as some wonderful jazz chords played under pedal points from the euphonium.

The world premiere performance of this work was given by Fletcher Mitchell at the Lieksa Brass Week, Finland in 2019.

Jackline
Composer: Preusker, Wayne
Title: Jackline
Publisher: Currently unpublished - Details from fletcher.mitchell@hotmail.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2014
Duration: 4'00"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

YouTube: Fletcher Mitchell, euphonium with Kim Carballo, piano
Annotation: Jackline is a lovely simple melody which explores the rich middle and singing upper register of the euphonium. The world premiere performance of this work was given by Fletcher Mitchell at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, USA in 2014.

Farewell
Composer: Ratnik, Peter - Linkedin Profile
Title: Farewell
Publisher: Obrasso Verlag - www.obrasso.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium (option euphonim duet) and brass band
Date: 2012
Duration: 4'00"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

Annotation: Farewell is a melodic allegretto which is reflective in nature. After the initial theme is presented it is developed allowing the soloist to play expressively over the band. The band take the melody for a short section which leads into a modulation with the band only continuing with the melody. The soloist enters with an improvised style over the melody which continues in the band before taking the melody back from the band and into the final modulation and the conclusion of the work.

The New World Hymn
Composer: Ratnik, Peter - Linkedin Profile
Title: The New World Hymn
Publisher: Obrasso Verlag - www.obrasso.com
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and brass band (piano reduction available)
Date: 2012
Duration: 4'50"
Level: III-IV - High School to University
Range:

Dedication: Written for and premiered by David Childs and the Scottish Co-Op Band, conducted by Ray Tennant
Annotation: New World Hymn is a slow melodic work with a sweet, yet dark feel. The middle section is a forceful and emotive section for band only before the soloist enters again with the same mood of the opening but this time with more passion and drive.

Blue Mountain
Composer: Ross, Craig - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Blue Mountain
Publisher: Bilby Music - 23 Top Tunes - www.craigross.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 2'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Blue Mountain is a light dance in a giocoso style. It is written in 3/4 time with several short interruptions in 2/4 time.

Bird Song
Composer: Ross, Craig - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Bird Song
Publisher: Bilby Music - 23 Top Tunes - www.craigross.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 2'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Bird Song is predominately in a flowing 3/4 time with occasional single bars of 2/4 used. It modulates several times throughout the work starting in concert Ab major before moving through concert G major, concert Bb major, concert Ab major again, and finishing in concert G major.

Gentle Meelody
Composer: Ross, Craig - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Gently Melody
Publisher: Bilby Music - 23 Top Tunes - www.craigross.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 1'30"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: Gentle Melody is a ballad in 3/4 time which marked as molto legato and molto espressivo allows the performer licence to make this work their own musically. The work starts in concert Ab major but quickly moves into concert C major where it remains. It explores the upper singing register of the instrument.

Possum On My Roof
Composer: Ross, Craig - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Possum On My Roof
Publisher: Bilby Music - 23 Top Tunes - www.craigross.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 1'00"
Level: II-III - Intermediate to High School
Range:

Annotation: Possum on My Roof is a lively scherzando in 3/8 to be played in 1. The opening section is f and is partially repeated at p before moving to the middle section which uses elements of the first melody and some variations before modulation up a tone from concert Bb major to concert C major to finish the work.

Wanderer (The)
Composer: Ross, Craig - www.australianmusiccentre.com.au
Title: Wanderer (The)
Publisher: Bilby Music - 23 Top Tunes - www.craigross.com.au
Instrumentation: Bb instrument and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 2'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

Annotation: The Wanderer is a march like work using a simple one bar motif which is developed using varying rhythmic patterns and keys throughout the work.

Harry's Lullaby
Composer: Takahashi, Tomomi - www.tomomitakahashi.com.au
Title: Harry's Lullaby
Publisher:www.tomomitakahashi.com.au
Instrumentation: Solo euphonium and piano
Date: 2017
Duration: 4'00"
Level: III - High School
Range:

CD Recordings: 'Illusions' by Tomomi Takahasi

YouTube: James Blackford, euphonium with Tomomi Takahasi, piano

Annotation:Harry’s Lullaby is a simple melodic ballad written to showcase the euphonium’s rich tone, particularly in the middle register. It is a gentle work with a reflective nature and allows space for both soloist and piano to play expressively with beautiful musical lines.