Euphonium

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the EUPHONIUM


 

Who can play the euphonium?  Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?

Ideally you need your second teeth!  The euphonium is an excellent starter instrument for young brass players ideally in year 3-4 or above.

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If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?

Whilst the euphoinum looks big, you need to cuddle it and rest it on your lap.  For smaller children you may consider the cornet or tenor horn.

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What qualities of the euphonium are special?

The euphonium is predominantly a brass band and wind band instrument.  Occasionally they can be found in orchestral repertoire including in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'.  The name comes from the Greek 'euphonus' that translates as 'well-sounding'.

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Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills.  What are the particular benefits of playing the euphonium?

Playing the euphonium is:

Good for breathing and posture especially for those who suffer from asthma.

You can join lots of groups.

Playing encourages independent learning as well as working as part of a team.

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How are euphoniums similar/different to other brass instruments?

The euphonium’s alternative name is the tenor tuba.  It looks like a smaller version of the tuba and a slighter bigger version of the tenor horn and baritone.

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Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the euphonium?

In Yorkshire we have some of the world's leading brass bands - there are usually two euphoniums in a brass band.

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