Horn Solo suggestions (Urgent)

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by TimMizon, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. TimMizon

    TimMizon New Member

    Hi Guys,

    Got an audition coming up. Need a horn solo that has lyrical and technical. I'm about grade 4-5 so need something quite good. I can do the first two sections of Grandfathers Clock but that's all I've got at the moment once I hit quite difficult semi quavers I'm gone.

  2. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    What's the audition for? Does it have to be a solo or could you play part of a band piece?
  3. TimMizon

    TimMizon New Member

    For a Salvation Army Music School audition. It can be both, I don't mind at all :)
  4. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    I'd say just go with anything that you enjoy playing, to show off your strengths and avoid drawing attention to your weaknesses (don't play Grandfather's Clock!). In the absence of any detailed guidance or syllabus, I would just pick pieces you know already play and know you can perform well, I wouldn't learn anything new or worry too much about perceived standard/grading.
    Do you have a teacher/bandmaster/section leader who can give you any help?
  5. Mello

    Mello Active Member

    The Swan ( Ron Hamners arrangement ), The Carousel R. Newsome, The Holy City, may help. Also La Belle Americaine ( sometimes called The Beautiful American. ) are all useful pieces you could try.
  6. Stracathro

    Stracathro Member

    My advice would be not to worry too much. Remember that it's not a concert, it's a music school audition and the point is to demonstrate the standard that you currently play at. No point working flat-out to just about pull off a difficult piece, then spending the week miserable because you're sat in the wrong seat!
  7. Cantonian

    Cantonian Active Member

    Variations on a Welsh Theme.

    Which school of Music are you going to? I once helped with the Horn auditions at what was the national School of music at Cobham Hall. One guy came in and played the second horn part of the hymn tune Rimington.....and was awful. I agree with Stracathro though, don't work up one difficult piece and then end up with the pressure of sitting in the wrong seat.
  8. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Last time I looked at an AB syllabus, VOAWT was grade 8....!
  9. simonium

    simonium Member

    I did think Variations On A Welsh Theme a rather silly suggestion - no doubt the poster read as far as "Horn Solo" and got typing.
  10. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  11. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    My knowledge of horn repertoire is minimal, to say the least, but I would like to offer the advice I give to all the students I hear doing auditions each year. Play something YOU CAN PLAY.
    This might sound obvious but I am always stunned by how many students turn up with a piece that they are working on, or can only play part of. A simple piece played well will show of your playing much more favourably than a difficult piece that you struggle with.
    If you are having lessons, look back to those pieces you might have looked at during the past year - not the ones you are currently working on.
  12. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    I know you've also seen the 4BR FB group thread asking for suggestions for a euphonium duet incorporating one Grade 4 level player... I think the lesson from that particular thread is that the only euphonium duet that a lot of people can think of is Softly as I Leave You!

    But there's also a serious point behind apparently unrealistic suggestions... As an example, I couldn't have played the 2nd part to SAILY when I was at Grade 4 level - my high register didn't come through until quite late. Indeed, the evidence from the Wantage Silver Band "Celebrating 21 Years" recording (1993, when aged 13-14, and with a newly-acquired Grade 8 euph distinction in my pocket) suggests that it was not entirely comfortable for me even then at the top end. But different players have different strengths at different levels, and a player who is only Grade 4 standard at some aspects but has a naturally strong high register could well bring it off. In a similar vein, some players at that level could successfully play VOAWT, although I do admit that it's a bit less likely as it demands several disciplines.
  13. simonium

    simonium Member

    I totally agree. Knowledge of repertoire is key. I used to work for a brass specialist shop and have a reasonable knowledge of repertoire and difficulty levels. Want an air varie that's straight forward and doesn't require either high register or techniques - Wiederkehr would be my first choice. The Gramercy Solo Album is very good, as is their Lyric Album - for example Celtic Dream is a lovely solo - range is sensible but the melody is captivating. And both are available in Bb or Eb with piano accompaniment. Plenty there that is suitable for the less advanced player to work and plenty for the better player to master.
  14. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    It might be an old one, but have you thought of "Shepherd of Israel": not difficult, but gives a chance to show what you can do with slow and fast variations.
  15. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    Air and Rondo by Reginald Heath would be my first suggestion, bit of lyrical and faster stuff.

    There's also Langford's arrangement of 'Streets of London' for something a little more upbeat!
  16. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    Swiss Melodies is a good old Sally Army one. I think it was Eric Ball. Some nice melodies combined with some trickier sections but not too difficult (from what I remember)
  17. bassmittens

    bassmittens Member

    A good shout! Our Solo horn player (in a 4th section band) is doing it at the moment. There is plenty in it to allow you to show off what you are able to do, without being unachievable, and it's quite a nice tune too :)
  18. John_D

    John_D Member

    Some good suggestions, however I would tend to agree with Trumpet Mike and say play something that you know and are happy with, especially if (as the thread title implies) time is limited. Something simple, played well and with feeling, will always be better than something technically more challenging but not played with confidence.

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