for Solo Euphonium and Brass Quintet

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Commissioned by Katrine Delp.

A mini-concerto for euphonium and brass quintet. The idea for the instrumentation came from a concert I heard in Manchester in 2010. The English Euphonium virtuoso David Thornton did a recital with brass quintet that I found very interesting. A fascintating combination of instruments.

When the (young) Euphonium player Katrine Delp commissioned a piece for her final exam, I decided to write something light-hearted, inspired by a young musician ready to start her career. I started off with simple rhythmic ideas and a few intervals I wanted to focus on. The rest was basically like playing with Lego®.

The overall form is A-B-A, very common for a concerto. The middle section is slow, almost a blues at times, the outer sections are lively and rhythmic and share the same material.