Issue: April-June 2013
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An ABC Masters Candidate Special Presentation
Soloing With the Band PDF Library – Difficult/Professional Solos
by Paul Rataczak
 

Arbucklenian Polka – Solo for Bb Cornet
Concert Key(s): Bb/Eb Meter: 2/4, 4/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: G below staff to D above staff with optional lower octave D, otherwise C above staff
Comments: Three page solo! Begins with a short exciting Allegro entrance and short cadenza. An Andante non troppo melodic statement leading into a four-line multiple octave cadenza. A short introduction to the main Polka with cadenza from G above the staff to G below the staff. The Polka contains tripolet sixteenth to sixteenth note patterns and full measure tripolet sixteenth notes. The Trio section gives a contrasting melodic section leading to the Coda section restatement of the original melodic theme. This solo ends with sixteenth note and full measure tripolet sixteenth note phrases.

The Bride of the Waves, Polka Brillante – Solo for Bb Cornet
Concert Key(s): Eb/Ab Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: A below staff to D above staff
Comments: Three page solo! Several multiple octave cadenzas.
Composed and performed by Herbert L. Clarke, Solo Cornetist with the John Philip Sousa traveling band. “Played by the composer, with great success, throughout England, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, United States and Canada while en route with Sousa’s Band.” It is estimated that Mr. Clarke played over 15,000 solos during his long career, traveling over 90,000 miles with the bands of Gilmore, Sousa Innes, Herbert, and others. He made 34 tours of the United States and Canada, four European tours and one tour around the world. He was known to play a three-octave chromatic scale four times through in one breath. One of FOUR Clarke solos in this Difficult/Professional category.

The Charmer – Solo for Cornet, Trombone, Baritone or Xylophone
Concert Key(s): Bb/Eb/Ab Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Cornet – B below staff to Bb above staff; Trombone/Baritone – bottom space A to Ab above staff with optional octaves written down; Xylophone – A below staff to Ab above staff
Comments: Multiple cadenzas - Xylophone cadenza different from Brass cadenzas; sixteenth, thirty-second, sixteenth tripolets;
Flute could play Xylophone solo with part read/redone up an octave.

Cicero, Grand Fantasia – Solo for Cornet, Trombone or Baritone
Concert Key: F/Bb Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Cornet - G below staff to B above staff; Trombone/Baritone part missing
Comments: Three page solo! Maestoso in 4/4 initial melodic statement. Allegro movement in 2/4 with eighth, sixteenth and eighth-sixteenth note patterns. Trio movement in 2/4 with sixteenth, eighth against sixteenth tripolets, sixteenths against sixteenth tripolet notes. Maestoso Finale in 4/4 with sixteenths and sixteenths against sixteenth tripolets.

The Comet, Scherzo – Solo for Db Piccolo
Concert Key(s): Eb/Ab Meter: 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Second line G on staff to Double A above staff
Comments: Dotted sixteenth to thirty-second note patterns, tripolet sixteenth notes and sixty-fourth note scale runs all together in common phrases at the Scherzo tempo makes this one of the most difficult of all the solos in this Difficult/Professional category. A short solo with Band Introduction ending in a multiple octave solo cadenza with sixteenth and thirty-second notes begins the piece. The initial Scherzo section contains all the rhythms stated above. The Trio section utilizes tripolet sixteenth notes and dotted sixteenth to thirty-second notes. The piece then Dal Segnos back to the initial Scherzo statement then Codas with the difficult dotted sixteenth to thirty-second note and tripolet sixteenth note patterns. At the Scherzo tempo. Wow!

The Debutante, Caprice Brilliante – Solo for Cornet
Concert Key: Bb/Eb Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: F# below staff to F above staff with optional octaves down
Comments: Allegro Moderato melodic section in 4/4 with long Cadenza; Moderato Caprice in 2/4 with thirty-second and thirty-second tripolet notes; short Brilliante section to F above staff; cadenza from low F# to D above staff with octave-plus chromatic scales. Cornet Solo in Bb part is two pages in smaller print - use the Solo Bb Cornet (Conductor) part, it is four pages with larger print.
Second Herbert L. Clarke solo in this category.

Down in the Deep Cellar – Solo for Clarinet, Cornet, Baritone/Trombone or Tuba
Concert Key: Eb Meter: 4/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Clarinet: E below staff to F above staff
Trumpet: A below staff to C above staff with optional octaves, otherwise Bb above staff
Baritone/Trombone: Eb below staff to Ab above staff
Tuba: Bb with optional octave A and G below staff to E with optional F and G above staff
Comments: Separate, different solos with the same Band accompaniment for each of the instruments listed. The brass solos belong in the Moderately Difficult category. The Clarinet solo is the most difficult and is the reason for this solo being in this Difficult/Professional Solo category.
Clarinet solo comments: The full page plus Introduction utilizes full instrument range low E through high F with sixteenth, sixteenth sextuplet and a few thirty-second note runs. The short, rhythmically relatively easy Thema section states the main theme from low F to G above the staff. Variation I encompasses extreme range from low F to F above the staff in large sixteenth and thirty-second note sweeps from low to high range and back down again. Plus DOUBLE OCTAVE PLUS interval skips. Variation II features double octave plus arpeggiated chords and scale runs. The Finale contains ascending and descending scales leading to the final Piu Mosso section with descending octave scales with a final rising note phrase and double octave arpeggio to double F and ending on low F. Whew!

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