The Euphonium and the Euphonium Player: Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks
1. The Euphonium;
2. The Euphonium-player;
3. Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks is a typical euphonium-player;
4. Mike's favorite music for romantic love, sensual love, raw sadness, anger, nostalgia plus one specific memory.
Listen to the sound of the Euphonium (after the intro)
Lower brass section
A standard symphonic orchestra has a Higher Brass Section and a Lower Brass Section.
The euphonium is part of the Lower Brass Section.
The Lower Brass Section from highest to lowest is composed of the:
- Tenor Trombone
- Bass Trombone
(Other instruments rarely used are the Bass trumpet, (Wagner tuba) and Tenor tuba)
Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Trombones
Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Bass trombone
Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Tuba
The Euphonium versus the Baritone horn
Non-musicians confuse the Euphonium with the Baritone horn. The Baritone horn is a bit smaller than the Euphonium, with a cylindrical bore in order to produce brighter sounds opposed to the Euphonium's conical bore that offers the mellower, more velvety sounds. The Baritone horn is a common instrument for high school and college BRASS bands an especially for marching bands, but seldom if ever used in the Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra. If for any reason it finds an opportunity to feature in these orchestras, it will play the part written for the Euphonium.
Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Baritone horn
Listen again to the sound of the Euphonium (after intro)
The Euphonium is a Bb-instrument, which means that it produces a part of the Bb harmonic scale when no valves are used.
In America music for this instrument is usually written in the bass clef while in the British-style brass band it is written in the treble clef. It can even be written in the tenor clef, depending on the choice of the composer. One way or the other, the accomplished euphonium-player will know how to utilize (fingering) the 3-4 valves of the euphonium as well as his lips (embouchure) in order to produce the composed notes. The student, however, in comparison with students on other brass instruments, will find it difficult to produce the acquired sound. Therefor the euphonium asks for a dedicated, determined and hard-working musician.
For marching, euphonium-players prefer to use the marching bariton, a cousin of the euphomium a bit smaller and easier to carry, or the bigger marching euphonium. A modern marching euphonium can be converted from an upright position (for concerts) into a marching forward bell.
Unfortunately the euphonium is replaceable in orchestras by the trombone, and especially by the Bass trombone or the less common Bass trumpet better known as the Wagner-tuba. Therefor aspiring euphonium-players are often obliged to play a second instrument when seeking employment. (My daughter-in-law, a qualified pianist and euphonium-player, has to play the French horn as a second instrument in order to fill vacancies in orchestras, an instrument in the Higher Brass Section that does not really satisfy the needs of her soul to express itself via music.)
The structure of an Euphonium
The Marching Euphonium with a forward bell
Music for the Euphonium
The range of the euphonium
“There is no room in the band for a euphonium-player who brashly plays away without listening to the higher instruments,” says Atarah Ben-Tovim and Douglas Boyd in their book “The Right Instrument For Your Child.”
A typically euphonium player is neither a leader nor a follower, but a self-confident, though shy and quiet, intellectual with the desire to play a unique and significant role in society. They are neither aggressive nor unaggressive, but complacent and satisfied in a humble and not egotistical manner about their progress and accomplishments in life.
They are the kind who quietly listen to others before they practice their distinctive quality of responsiveness. With emotion, however controlled, they react on people and events, commanding respect and enforcing discipline without deliberately trying to do so.
I agree with SOME of the statements about euphonium-players in the Urban Dictionary:
- Hardly anybody knows what an euphonium is, so euphonium-players often get tired of explaining it. (I must add that typical euphonium-players not playing the euphonium are often busy doing something not ordinarily encountered and they do get tired of explaining their intentions and actions. But being self-assured and self-complacent, they most likely stop explaining and simply keep on doing what they are doing.)
- Euphonium-players are usually the least ignorant section in low brass and the smallest and most talented section in the band.
- The sounds produced by the euphonium player are envied by all other band members. "Wow! Did you hear that Euphonium solo? It was spectacular!" (And so are the behaviour and actions of typical euphonium-players.)
- Euphonium-players are too cool to make amorous advances, but the way they play the euphonium sounds like amorous advances.
- If you mess with a euphonium player, you will get hurt (in a peaceful way.)
My hub about choosing the right instrument for your child
- A music instrument suits a specific personality – ...
Nine children out of ten could succeed in learning how to play a music instrument if they chose an instrument that suits their personality.
Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks
Looking for the musician in Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks, I can clearly see an euphonium-player in him. He was announced as the best fiction writer (2012) in HubPages, inspiring hundred of readers to escape from reality through his most successful series Emerald Wells Cafe and Bakery.
Hubbing, selling books as Mockingbird-Books for twenty years via the Internet, currently at (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2IANGTKA7LDY/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp)
and being a professional illustrator, are some of the reasons why Mike postponed his audition for euphonium-player in the Hubville Symphonic Orchestra. More reasons came to light during his interview with Sunny Day at http://sunnieday50.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/introducing-mike-friedman-other-wise-known-as-mck-birds/.
A Must-Read Short-Story by mckbirdbks
- Ohio Tom - The Letter
This giant of a man on my right flank a moment ago now lay sprawled across the ground. His helmet, thrown free and was still spinning. His eyes stared in my direction.
As part of Mike Friedman's aka mckbirdbks audition for musicianship in Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra, I've asked him to pick an justify a song he associates with a specific emotion.
Mike takes the floor:
Mike: "I was very fortunate; I found romantic love head-over-heels. I found it right-a-way as a matter of fact. I was ‘taken’, ‘smitten’ and ‘all-tied-up’. So I had that, great some people don’t. I recommend it, it is not to be missed."
Mike: "Sensuous love, this is a bit more tricky. It is candlelight, and hot baths, Champagne by the fireplace. It is a bright tomorrow, and soft music accompanied with unhurried kisses. It is lace table cloths and corner booths. There is still a thrill of anticipation and discovery. Sensual love; I was very fortunate I found this a couple of times. There was this one girl …oh, wait, that is a story for another day."
(Mike, I am sure all your followers look forward to hear more about this one girl!)
Mike: "Then the lights inevitably come on. There are whispered good-byes, or there is shouting in my face. Grabbing things off the wall and throwing them at me. There are bills to be paid. There are sick kids to tend. There are Brunettes, yellow sports cars and doors closing."
Mike: "Anger, anger is a complete waste of time. So instead of looking for a song that would express anger, I thought I would just kick-back with some classical gas. And ya’ll just don’t know how funny this is."
Mike: "I sat and thought about what I could possibly be nostalgic about. Then it hit me. I have done what-ever-I-wanted to, since, well forever. No adults to get in the way, until I went into the Army. I had a daughter when I was twenty; a house at twenty-six; two daughters at twenty-seven; an apartment at twenty-nine. Hey what could be better? But with extreme soul searching I managed to find something I miss!"
ONE SPECIFIC (touching) MEMORY
Mike: "Martie, you ask such tough questions. Searching through the vast memories in the aged vault I came upon this song. And since you specified one song only, this one will have to serve for each of my three daughters. The words hold true today as strongly as they did in 1972, 1976 and 1986.
I guess this assignment was not as tough as I thought.
Thank you Martie for including me."
Thank you, Mike!
Your selection of music prove your above-average ability to identify and acknowledge your emotions. This talent is a fine quality in your favor and will certainly ensure your success as a musician in Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
To make your audition for euphonium-player an unforgettable experience you may use as accompaniment the following video of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army ~ (http://www.theisb.com/2/news.html)
Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra
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This hub is dedicated to Thabang Nyakali, one of the brilliant students of the North West Musikon, Klerksdorp, South Africa, who had died in 2010 at the age of 18 in a car accident.
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