Solo Euphonium w/ Wind Ensemble
Duration ca. 22:00
Purchase the score only
Bb Clarinet 1-3
Alto Saxophone 1-2
Bb Trumpet 1-5
F Horn 1-4
Percussion 1 (snare drum)
Percussion 2 (xylophone)
Percussion 3 (bells, triangle)
John N. Culvahouse, UGA Wind Ensemble / University of Georgia
Monologues was commissioned by the following consortium of universities:
David Waybright, UF Wind Symphony / University of Florida
Jim Copenhaver, USC Symphonic Band / University of South Carolina
Cody Birdwell / George Boulden, UK Wind Ensemble / University of Kentucky
Gary Sousa, UT Wind Ensemble / University of Tennessee
Johnnie Vinson, AU Symphonic Band / Auburn University
David Willson, UM Symphonic Band / University of Mississippi
Dwayne Sagen/Tom Verrier, VU Wind Ensemble / Vanderbilt University
Elva Kaye Lance, MSU Symphonic Band / Mississippi State University
Frank Wickes, LSU Wind Ensemble / Louisiana State University
W. Dale Warren, UA Wind Symphony / University of Arkansas
Ken Ozello, UA Wind Ensemble / University of Alabama
Chaconne: Although written in 4/4 the metronome marking is in two. I would like this movement to have a two feel throughout. It will probably work best conducted in a moderate two instead of a fast four. Make sure that bar 60 keeps pace and does not slow down too much. This section needs to have some breath while maintaining a forward motion. The piece that comes to mind with this movement is Ravel’s Bolero.
Arioso: Make sure the triplets are played musically in the ensemble. Crescendos and decrescendos should be dramatic and powerful. Intonation is important especially in the close harmonies and clusters. Bar 57 through 72 is a chamber group section with only a few instruments playing. Make sure that the solo euphonium, since he or she is out front, is balanced in the texture.
Intermezzo: This movement should be light and steady. Staccatos need to be short and animated and the sixteenth note passages need to have personality and flair. Make sure that the movement keeps its tempo and does not bog down.
Capriccio: Not much to know about this movement except to be careful not to cover the soloist. Pay attention to the balance. The key word here is energetic. Keep the drive and excitement throughout.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Joseph Turrin (b. 1947) is a greatly valued contributor to contemporary American musical life thanks to his wide-ranging activities as a composer, orchestrator, conductor, pianist, and teacher.
He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and has pursued a career that has always been multifaceted. As a composer, he has produced works in many genres. Among the many commissioned works in his catalogue, highlights include Hemispheres commissioned for Kurt Masur's final concert with the New York Philharmonic in May 2002 and taken on tour by Masur and the orchestra to Europe and Asia in June 2002, his concertos for flute (commissioned for Carol Wincence and the New Jersey Symphony) and for trumpet (commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Philip Smith, its principal trumpet, and conducted at its 1989 premiere by Erich Leinsdorf), the chamber works Riffs and Fanfares (The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), Arcade (New Jersey Chamber Music Society), Quadrille (West Point Military Academy), Chronicles (twelve American Universities for Philip Smith), Modinha (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and numerous other commissions. The New York Philharmonic, both as an ensemble and through several of its individual members, has cultivated a longstanding relationship with Turrin. In addition to Hemispheres, the Trumpet Concerto (which Kurt Masur has also led with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig), the Philharmonic-commissioned Two Gershwin Portraits (which Mr. Masur and the Orchestra premiered at the "New York 100 Celebration Concert" in Central Park in 1998, with trumpet soloists Wynton Marsalis and Philip Smith), Turrin has composed several pieces for the Orchestra's brass section, including Jazzalogue No. 1 (featured on the Orchestra's 1997 Latin American tour) and West Side Story Suite (commissioned and premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2000 by the Philharmonic's brass section). In addition, he has composed numerous solo and chamber works to spotlight the talents of several Philharmonic musicians. Most recently his Trombone Concerto, Illuminations, was recorded by Joseph Alessi for Summit Records. His Fandango was performed on "Live From Lincoln Center" in July, 2002 by Kurt Masur and the NY Philharmonic and hosted by Beverly Sills. He is also a regular composer for the New York Philharmonic’s popular Holiday Brass series at Avery Fisher Hall with the Canadian Brass and the NY Philharmonic Principal Brass. As part of this series in 2007, he composed and conducted the premiere of his work The Fir Tree narrated by Bob McGrath from Sesame Street. His opera The Scarecrow was commissioned by a consortium of twelve universities and had its premiere at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Turrin was Composer in Residence at the University of Texas in 2006.
Active as a composer, and conductor for film and theatre, Turrin lists among his many credits the scores for Alan Alda's film A New Life, Little Darlings, Weeds (with Nick Nolte), Tough Guys Don't Dance (Directed by Norman Mailer), Verna-USO Girl (with Sissy Spacek and William Hurt and nominated for 3 Emmy Awards), Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Kingdom of Shadows (narrated by Rod Steiger), Broken Blossoms (1919 silent film classic directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish) and for the restoration of the silent film classic Sadie Thompson. Other silent film classics that he has scored include, Diary of a Lost Girl, Intolerance, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. His work in musical theater includes performances on Broadway with Michael Feinstein as well as the score for Frankie, with a libretto by Broadway legend George Abbott. Other theater works by Turrin include the opera Feathertop, Love Games and The Barricade. He also did the orchestrations for the 1992 Olympic Fanfare for the summer Olympic ceremonies in Barcelona, Spain. Several of his films and recording projects have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards.
Turrin has appeared as a conductor with the Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, and New Jersey Symphonies; he has performed as a pianist on many recordings and as orchestral pianist for the New Jersey Symphony. He has received awards and grants from the United Nations (for contributions in the arts), ASCAP, American Music Center, first prize in the 2004 National Band Association's William Revelli Composition Contest, and Seven Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in addition to the Ann M. Alburger Award for Chamber Music. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Masters of Humane Letters from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. He is on the composition faculty of the Hartt School of Music and Montclair State University. In 2007, his opera The Scarecrow was selected as a finalist by the American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Committee and the National Opera Association.
Kurt Masur said about Mr. Turrin's music: "I have always liked composers who are reflecting upon the musical sound of their country. Joseph Turrin does it in a very convincing way. I have taken great delight from getting to know his scores, which I have conducted in New York, in Europe, and in Asia."