Help! Ideas for baritone solo suitable for wedding reception

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  1. Veri

    Veri Member

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    Hi everyone,

    It's been a long time since I've visited tmp but I hope that someone out there can help me with a secret plan I am trying to come up with.

    I'm getting married next year, and although the wedding is just the two of us abroad, we're planning to have the equivalent of a wedding reception when we get back, so the usual speeches etc. I'm planning to break with tradition and make a speech too, and I was wondering about surprising my fiance (and everyone else) by playing something on my baritone (as it was through brass bands that we met).

    I need some ideas. The piece needs to be fairly straightforward as I haven't played much in the last couple of years, and I'll probably be really nervous in front of 100+ people. There's a piano in the venue and I can probably find an accompanist from among the guests but might not have much chance to practice with them. So, emphasis again on straightforward (although I am about Grade 7/8 standard). It doesn't have to be a baritone solo, cornet/euph works fairly well. Ideally, I want it to have some love-related theme.

    So - can anyone come up with anything? OH doesn't visit this forum, but I know that some of you know him, so please can you keep this quiet!
     
  2. baridis

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    Looking Through the Eyes Of Love by Marvin Hamlish, arr. by Gavin Pritchard. Nice and simple, but very effective. Our euph player, Mike Howley recorded it for a LTTB broadcast a couple of weeks ago and did a lovely job.
     
  3. baridis

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    Sorry, just read about the piano accompaniment! It might have a piano accompaniment available, don't know if that's any help!
     
  4. TomEuphoniumist

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    how about 'Salut d'Amour' from the Childs Brothers 'Czardas' solo album.. beautiful peice written by Edward Elgar that he used to propose to his future wife :) its not hard at all and has a pretty easy piano accompniment which shouldnt need too much practice! I highly reccomend it as you dont get much more romantic than that :D the 'Czardas' album can be found on the "Winwood Music" website :) hope I helped!
     
  5. sunshine

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    Would you consider playing a euphonium solo on your baritone? Our principal euphonium played a piece suitably titled "The Wedding" as his bride walked down the aisle. It is a lovely piece and can be done with minimum brass accompaniment - then you can ask a few friends from your band to help you.

    Let me know if you need more details about it.
     
  6. Zappa

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    The Swan - beautiful piece, will work on bari (a bit of stamina practice needed maybe ... high register) - available with piano accompaniment.
     
  7. Independent Silver Band

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    The Evening Star by Wagner. There are several arrangements out. I used it for my first marriage.
     
  8. Zappa

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    Yup, good idea!
     
  9. jockinafrock

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    What a lovely thing to do. 'The Rose' is beautiful and so simple - guaranteed to melt even the hardest heart! Have a lovely day! :D
     
  10. scotchgirl

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    Love of my Life...
     
  11. LynneW

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    'The Rose' is a really good suggestion, it's a A lovely idea and really brave of you, I wonder if he'll be thinking of doing the same thing - could be interesting
     
  12. brassneck

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    I would pick something slushy, totally recognisable and that will leave a lasting memory ... maybe not as lavish as this video though!

    [youtube]BSbchmyXFT4[/youtube]

    - and if you want to listen to a euph player playing it ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7K82U3H0Hg
     
  13. Veri

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    I doubt it Lynne!
     
  14. Veri

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    That was the one that came to mind most, and gave me the idea of thinking of something to play when I heard it at the weekend. Does anyone know if it comes with a piano accompaniment?
     
  15. Veri

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    I don't know the Rose - who is it by? Would be appropriate as planning on having pink roses on the tables.
     
  16. Kjata

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    What about Donegal Bay by Paul Lovatt Cooper? Simple but beautiful melody, if a little high!
     
  17. LynneW

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    It's written by Amanda McBroom. We've got an arrangement by Nigel Hall, he's done an arrangement for Sop solo and Flugel Solo, both with Band accompaniment. If you look on www.mmi-music.co.uk/new_catalogue_4.htm you can download the solo part for free.
     
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