Another wonderful piece!!
With your permission, I would like to play this at some time, but on euphonium. (Yes, I can play the high D flat concert just fine) Perhaps as a prelude in my church, with my wife on piano.
You MUST compose a piece for the EUPHONIUM. If I win the American lotto, I will commission you.
But in the meantime, if you are feeling generous, I will gladly accept anything you write for EUPHONIUM!!!
If you are unfamilar with the instrument, I can direct you to some live performances of mine, both as a soloist with wind ensemble, and as the third voice in a brass quintet--I play horn parts in my quintet on euphonium, and can read F transposition just fine. AND: I can improvise some as well.
Another possibility for you is a quartet consisting of two euphoniums and two tubas.
PLEASE GO HERE http://www.esnips.com/thumbnails.php?album=490752 and listen to all 12 selections--they are short except for the full concerto. I am with a brass quintet and a tuba-euphonium quartet, and a wind ensemble for the concerto. All are live on stage.
With respect for your talent,
Rob wrote:thanks, coder! Yes that's the SM horn... good ears you've got!
Rob wrote:thanks a lot, Jim! I'd be happy to have you play the piece... I'll go and listen to your music, I love the euphonium... well, technically I have never seen one, as here in Italy we rather have baritone horns, in concert bands. Is there a huge difference, by the way? Is it a transposing instrument? I'll sure write something for you, as soon as I have some time. Would you like to have a solo (plus piano maybe, or something) or a quartet piece?
coder wrote:ciao Roberto,
how cpu hungry is Ms Sax S? Useful metrics are not easy... I've just run a quartet piece that also uses one instance of Pianoteq and one instance of SampleTank, and watched the CPU usage in Windows Task Manager. (This is a 4-5 year old Core 2 Duo @2.7GHz running XP 32-bit Home edition in 3Gb, and ASIO buffer is 256). From idling ~10%, I see cpu usage peaking ~30%. I would say this is quite good. But I don't do big orchestration.
I see on samplemodeling's website, the cpu requirements for soprano sax are kinder than for their instruments that use Kontakt. I have no idea if the SWAM engine hits the disk and/or how often. Kontakt, of course, will use DFD, but there I have found that putting the sound libraries on a SSD drive is a real winner (compare the random access times for a SSD and a hard disk, and consider theoretically how much data can be transferred in that 10ms to 15ms over SATA II at 250Mb/s). I don't recall reading anything about the SWAM engine and disks - the SM guys should be able to help there.
I will PM you a link when I have something printed to MP3.
Snorlax wrote:Rob wrote:thanks a lot, Jim! I'd be happy to have you play the piece... I'll go and listen to your music, I love the euphonium... well, technically I have never seen one, as here in Italy we rather have baritone horns, in concert bands. Is there a huge difference, by the way? Is it a transposing instrument? I'll sure write something for you, as soon as I have some time. Would you like to have a solo (plus piano maybe, or something) or a quartet piece?
The "baritone" is mainly a cylindrical instrument and has a more piercing sound than the euphonium.
The true euphonium is a conical instrument, with a more mellow sound and a larger bore than the baritone. Think flugelhorn one octave lower, or a bigger-sounding french horn. Flugel and horn are also conical, as is the tuba.
I would welcome a piece with piano, a quartet, or whatever you would be kind enough to write. I also play in a brass choir, and arranged a Steely Dan medley, in which I gave myself all the good guitar bits! All the brass quintet pieces on esnips are my arrangements, except for Beale Street Blues, which is a Canadian Brass chart. I play the horn part, as written, on euphonium. Euphonium and jazz band works well, too!
While I can't pay you myself, I might be able to suggest some places where you could find buyers. There is a tuba-euphonium playing explosion worldwide, and the level of performance on these instruments has never been higher.
I started playing pop and jazz music on the euphonium years ago before it was fashionable; a few people heard it back then, and perhaps it planted a seed in their minds.
Perhaps we can continue the conversation off-list?
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