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
 

From The Shores Of The Mighty Pacific, Rondo Caprice – Solo for Cornet
Concert Key: Bb/Eb Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: G below staff to C above staff
Comments: Begins with short Allegro Vivace 4/4 ensemble section; then five line solo cadenza with multiple-octave runs and thirty-second notes; Agitato 4/4 melodic solo section; Rondo in 2/4 to Vivace tempo with sixteenth notes; Tempo I then Brillante sections with sixteenth and one sixteenth note tripolet; Moderato recap of earlier Rondo working into final Vivace/Presto solo cadenzas. Cornet Solo, Bb part is smaller print – use the slightly larger print Solo Bb Cornet (Conductor) part if you can ignore or follow the many Tutti ensemble cued parts. There are a few minor note and rhythm discrepancies between the Solo and Conductor parts. Third Herbert L. Clarke solo in this category.

Stars In A Velvety Sky – Solo for Cornet
Concert Key: F/Bb/Eb Meter: 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: C below staff to Bb above staff
Comments: The most reasonable note range and overall most playable of all the solos in this category. Begins with a short Allegro ensemble section in Bb leading into a solo cadenza; Gusto (with taste) main melody statement; Lively ensemble section; Bravoura and Gracioso solo sections present contrasting melodies; Semplice section features sixteenth tripolets for triple tonguing; finishes with a variation of the Gusto melody. This solo piece has a reduced score as a separate download. Dedicated by the composer/soloist to John Philip Sousa. The fourth Herbert L. Clarke solo in this category.

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp – Solo for Bb Clarinet, Cornet or Baritone in Treble Clef
Concert Key: Bb Meter: 4/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Bb Clarinet - G below staff to E above staff; Cornet and Baritone TC – G below staff to C above staff with optional octaves down, otherwise A above staff
Comments: This famous American Civil War song is the basis for a theme and variations solo. Begins with a short Marciale ensemble melodic section leading into a short solo cadenza; Andante Moderato contrasting melody with cadenza; Thema movement is Tramp main melody; 1st Variation Allegro Vivace features tripolets; 2nd Variation Allegro features sixteenth notes; Finale Allegro Brillante features sixteenth note rising and falling scales and skips finishing with arpeggios to final high C.

Two Little Bullfinches –Solo or Duo for Cornets
Concert Key: Eb/Ab Meter: 4/4, 6/8, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Solo/1st Cornet - C below staff to G above staff; 2nd Cornet – A below staff to D on staff
Comments: Moderato in 4/4 introductory ensemble melodic section; Allego 6/8 ending with Cadenza; Tempo Polka in 2/4 is bulk of piece with sixteenth and sixteenth tripolet notes; Trio contrasting section with sixteenth and sixteenth tripolet notes; D.S. to Tempo Polka full section again; Coda is tripolet sixteenth notes. Could be played as a solo or duet for Clarinets.

The Tyrolienne, Air Varie for Eb Clarinet – Solo for Eb Clarinet or Eb Alto Saxophone
Concert Key: Eb Meter: 3/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Eb Clarinet or Alto Saxophone - B natural below staff to D above staff
Comments: Three page solo! Moderato introductory solo contrasting melodic section ending with Cadenza; Allegro moderato Thema is primary, simple melody that the variations are based upon; Variation 1 features tripolets; Variation 2 features sixteenth notes; Variation 3 features sixteenth and sixteenth tripolet notes with a Cadenza in the middle – this movement/variation is an entire page!

Willow Echoes – Solo for Cornet, Baritone or Trombone
Concert Key: Eb/Ab Meter: 4/4, 2/4 Difficulty: Difficult/Professional
Solo Range: Cornet - B natural below staff to C above staff; Btn/Tbn – bottom space A to double Bb!
Comments: A short Allegro Maestoso 4/4 ensemble introduction leads to a Cadenza; Slowly in 2/4 melody in sixteenth and thirty-second notes; short Allegro ensemble section melody statement leads to the Brilliante solo variation with sixteenth tripolets; Allegro ensemble statement leads to the second solo section of sixteenth and sixteenth tripolets; Allegro ensemble statement leads to final Moderato and Allegro solo sections of sixteenth, sixteenth tripolets and thirty-second notes.
The composer, Frank Simon, was Assistant Conductor of the Sousa Band and Solo Cornetist alongside Herbert L. Clarke. Willow Echoes reflects fond memories of many rehearsals and concerts at Willow Grove Park, home of the Sousa Band.

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