Baritone/Euphonium (or B Flat Soloist) and piano accompaniment
Franz Joseph Strauss was a German composer and virtuoso French horn player. As Principal Horn of the Bavarian Court Opera for more than 40 years, he led the horn section in the premieres of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. In compositional circles, he was perhaps best known as the father of Richard Strauss. Nonetheless, Strauss Senior was a highly regarded composer in his own right, producing several works for his instrument including his Opus No. 7, Nocturno.
Written originally for French horn, it has been performed in a variety of settings over the years, particularly by solo cello. Brenden Wheeler’s arrangement works beautifully for baritone horn or euphonium although it can be used by any number of instrumental soloists in B flat.
The romantic style allows the soloist to display lyrical qualities and musical shaping and there is ample dynamic and stylistic contrast throughout, making it a most enjoyable work to practise and perform.
This arrangement of Nocturno appears on the CEQ 2 and CEQ 3 Syllabus for the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.
A live performance by Black Dyke baritone horn soloist, Katrina Marzella, can be viewed via YouTube by clicking HERE.
N.B. Nocturno is also available from Nero Music Press for E Flat (Tenor Horn) soloist.