Softly, As I Leave You (solo or duet)
Made popular by many singers over the years, this lovely song was first arranged for the Childs brothers as a solo, and later a duet, by Alan Catherall. It was first performed in the duet version at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October 1985, conducted by their late father, John Childs.
Flower Song from Carmen
This romantic aria from BizetŒÍs ever-popular opera covers the full range of the instrument. Phrasing is of vital importance, and whilst bringing out the full warmth of euphonium sound, the music should flow smoothly, whether in concert performance or slow melody contest Œ_ for which it makes an ideal choice!
Silvered by the Moonlight
This hauntingly beautiful melody, originally titled PiíÂce, was written for the flute, but its melancholic, yearning character makes it ideal for the euphonium. Again, phrasing is of the utmost importance, and the player should liaise closely with the pianist over tempi in this quasi-rubato piece of French Impressionism.
Carnival of Venice
This arrangement was out of print for many years before its publication in this album in 1987 and its popularity since then attests to its quality. Following a slow introduction, which shows off the playerŒÍs style and expressive qualities, come three virtuosic variations and a blistering finale. In each variation it is important to bring out the theme. DonŒÍt sacrifice tone quality and clarity for sheer speed.