Thoughts from the Groove: A New Approach to Euphonium Chamber Music
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The development of the euphonium began as direct result of the technological advances discovered during the industrial revolution. Although a well-known instrument in the wind and brass band repertoire, it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the musical world. This project explores the developmental history of the euphonium and also examines the evolution of its music, including the usage in various ensembles. As the music world continues to advance in the 21st Century, it is time for the euphonium world to recognize the need to incorporate a variety of musical styles and genres in both pedagogy and performance. The Danny Helseth Project seeks to do just with the release of an album based on the styles and grooves of jazz, rock, funk, and dance. Composers Elliot Gray, Jon Hansen, Aaron Lington, Matthew Murchison, and Roland Szentpali contributed pieces to this project that feature the ensemble instrumentation of euphonium, tuba, piano, and drums. By utilizing the various digital distribution options available in the 21st Century, the Danny Helseth Project aims to introduce new audiences to the euphonium, and a new approach to chamber music to euphonium players.
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