Adagio Op.85 (from the Cello Concerto) - Edward Elgar Arr. Eric Wilson - euphonium and piano

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Here is one of the famous slow movements form the world of music, the slow movement, from the Elgar Cello Concerto, arranged for the first time for euphonium and piano.

"Elgar completed his last major work, the Cello Concerto Op. 85, in 1990 in Brinkwells, the thatched cottage in Sussex overlooking the South Downs he was renting at the time. Composed in the aftermath of the great war, it has to be said that this is music for a lost world. In this, the third movement, time certainly seems to almost standstill. It is imbued with elegant melancholy, perhaps also pain, and ultimately resignation.

In transcribing the piece for euphonium, (a perfect fifth lower than the original key) there have been various active displacements in both solo part and the piano accompaniment. As Elgar did in his orchestration, I have tried to create a texture where the soloist is not overpowered by the accompani but soloist and accompanies should work closely together. Bear in mind that accents and dynamics are relative and should never be overdone. Elgar frequently uses tiny nuances in dynamics, crescendos and so on, so I'd urge performance to listen closely to some of the worlds greatest cists.

Erik Wilson

This is undoubtedly going to be a very popular work for euphonium and because of the pitch range the arranger uses, should be within the reach of most players.

Difficulty level - 3.5/6

Duration  approx 4.50 mins

Supplied with solo parts in BC and TC and piano part.

Published by Winwood Music

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