French Solos - not an euphemism!!

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Dyddgu, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Dyddgu

    Dyddgu Member

    Scrub your filthy minds out with soap now... ;-)

    Seriously though, have been begged to play a solo for a fundraising concert on my beloved baritone, so I need to find a solo to play. Unfortunately, the evening is themed "French", and I can't think of a thing to play! Any ideas? I enjoy playing air varies and fast things most, so that would be best, but it's getting to the stage where anything, however tenuous the "French Connection" is, would be welcome...
    (have even, in moments of desperation, considered playing something by Derek Bourgeoise, just cause it's a French sounding name...) :roll:
    Please help me! Thank you, says hopeful bari player...
  2. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    What about something from Les Miserables perhaps :wink: :idea:
  3. Active Member

    How about Apres un Reve by Faure?
    It doesn't fit your preference for something fast but I reckon that it would sound quite good on a baritone.
  4. Dyddgu

    Dyddgu Member

    Ooo, I hadn't thought of Apres un Reve - is there an arrangement of it?
    (forgot to say that I need actually to be able to get hold of these musics as well :oops: )
  5. Active Member

    There are plenty of arrangements. Are you intending playing with band or piano accompaniment?
  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    How about "The Swan", or enlist a friend and play "The Pearl Fishers' Duet"?
  7. Dyddgu

    Dyddgu Member

    It's definitely going to be piano accompanied (tiny village hall-type job!)
    As for a duet - the only person I could drag in is my dad, and I'm not sure pearl fishers would work with Bari & Bb bass! ;-)
  8. Active Member

    I'd recommend the Steven Mead arrangement.
    Either Just Music; or June Emerson Wind Music; will get it to you a.s.a.p.
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Another possibility could be "Softly awakes my heart" from Samson & Delilah - available with piano accompaniment from Just Music.
  10. jambo

    jambo Member

    If the theme is french then have a go at Emmanuelle. Cornet solo i know but gives you an excuse to research the theme tune from the movies!
  11. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    A nice improvised jazz solo in April in Paris might be fun :)

    TIMBONE Active Member

    Dyddgu, I must congratulate you on your grammatical correctness - 'an euphonism'.

    TIMBONE Active Member

    sorry, 'an euphomism' - red wine and correct spelling don't mix :oops:
  14. Dyddgu

    Dyddgu Member

    *Broad Grin* It may be my second language, but I do have *coughcough*Some degrees in the thing ;-)

    Thanks to all who have helped me on this one - have ordered a bunch of stuffs to look through - managed to catch the holiday time, alas, but hopefully will turn up before the concert! Thanks again....
    *goes off to make new post picking brains yet again* ;-)
  15. euphoria

    euphoria Member

    Just wanted to say that if you like Air Varie solos and the french connection doesn't have to be 'overwhelming' then you need look no further than Arban - even if he didn't compose the pieces he did arrange them. There should be plenty af fast stuff to satisfy everyone...

    Cheers Erik
  16. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    Morceau Symphonique?

    Not "airyvary", but quite fun (and would give you a chance to prove you can still read tenor/bass cleffs :)) + its got a top C sharp (concert :eek: ) which is always exciting. Don't remember it having any 4-valve notes (there's a pedal B flat in the cadenza I seem to recall, but that's OK...)

    Will look @ home and see if I've still got both solo & piano parts if you want (didn't think about it last night -sorry!), though I've got a horrible feeling the piano part may be "with my Horowitz one"!

  17. tricky dick

    tricky dick New Member

    You're both wrong - the correct spelling is EUPHONIUM :D
  18. euphemism

    euphemism Member

    I did Pearl fishers as a duet with our Bb Bass player - I played top part an octave down - and he played lower part as written - overall impressions was that it was a good sound - very different - but if you want your father to play as well - give it a go.....