Concerto for Euphonium
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Euphonium, Piano
This Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was composed for one of my former teachers and fellow euphonist Dr. Gail Robertson. For this work I based the material around pitches corresponding to each letter of her first name: G = G natural; A = A natural; I = Ionian, or the current key’s tonic, C natural; L = Lydian, or the fourth degree of the current key, F natural. Each movement is derived in some way from this figure.
The work begins with an energetic fanfare and a taste of the second theme. The euphonium enters with similar pomp and dazzling virtuosity that settles into more heroic statements. Next, the euphonium soars over thick ensemble textures in a tender reflection. Finally, the soloist charges forth in a ferocious display of dexterity and power.
The Concerto premiered April 21st, 2016 by Dr. Gail Robertson (euphonium) and the Little Rock Wind Symphony - Israel Getzov, conductor.
Matthew Nunes is a composer and euphonist aiming to improve the relationship between performer, composer, and audience. In 2017 he advanced to both the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Mock Band Audition finals and the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival's Euphonium Artist semi-finals. Matthew was the 2012/2013 UCF Concerto Aria Competition Winner for Band – earning the distinction of being the first euphonium player to win since his former teacher Dr. Gail Robertson in over twenty years. Matthew was also one of seven euphonium players selected to Dr. Demondrae Thurman’s Workshop at the National Music Festival in 2013. He has performed with the Brass Band of Central Florida, Space Coast Wind Symphony, 2014 FMEA Intercollegiate Band, the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, as well as the UCF Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Orchestra.
Matthew is a published composer with two unaccompanied works for euphonium: Ashe and Dies Irave available from Cimarron Music Press as well as Flurry for flute quartet (or ensemble) available through Brixton Publications. In 2014 his band piece Second Strike won the Phi Mu Alpha Mu Eta Chapter Composition Competition and was premiered by the Space Coast Wind Symphony. In April of 2016 his Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was premiered by Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. In January of 2017 he was selected as Runner-up in the Mid- America Freedom Band’s Call for Proposals. Matthew’s recent compositions are available for listening on his SoundCloud profile.
Matthew has taught as part of the band staff at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Brevard County, Florida until 2015 and has taught private composition and euphonium lessons. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with composer Christopher Marshall. He earned his Masters in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His former teachers include Dr. Gail Robertson, Robin Sisk, and Tim Van Dam.
|Delivery||PDF download, Shipped (printed)|
|Instrumentation||Solo and Piano|
|Publisher||Cimarron Music Press|