Crossroads seeks to explore the various personalities of the euphonium. The first movement, High Road, focuses on the more artistic side of the instrument. The harmonies and textures are more contemporary and the melodic lines are more angular. The entire movement is based on the opening three-note motif presented by the soloist. The second movement, Low Road, explores the carefree and boisterous side of the instrument. It is highly rhythmical and covers a wide range of styles including bebop. Crossroads was commissioned by the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. It was premiered at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp with Lance LaDuke on euphonium and Dr. Joseph Manfredo, conductor. To obtain the full version for euphonium and wind ensemble, contact the composer by visiting him at www.brianbalmages.com.
Solo Parts Included: Euphonium