Solos With Piano
are $8 each.
(most of these can easily be adapted for various instruments) Please see:
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Flugel Solo: A Balm In Flugeland was commissioned by Steef Kleple of The Salvation Army Netherlands Staff Band. It is quite difficult and features ever-so-slightly jazz feeling. It is based on A Balm In Gilead and Sometimes I Fell Like A Motherless Child. It features tenderness and joyous pizzazz. It is also available with brass band accompaniment.
Suite for Horn and Piano Aberystwyth - There are three movements to this cyclical suite. The first movement, Allegro Moderato (approx. 2:05) treats the whole tune but then zeros in on the first phrase. The second movement, Andante (approx. 1:30), treats the second phrase of the tune as a prayer. The third movement, Allegro (approx. 1:20), focuses on the last phrase for the horn while the piano reprises the entire tune. It is very difficult, approx. 5:00. Commissioned by and dedicated to Colonel Howard H. Chesham.
Andante Cantabile for Euphonium and Piano - I use the tune Thy Will Be Done to weave an interesting conflict between temporal and divine issues in life, eventually reconciling the two . . . musically at least. It is a gentle piece for the most part. Moderate difficulties, approx. 2:45.
Begin the Day With God - This is a transcription for cornet and piano of the beautiful section of the same name from Eric Ball's Songs of The Morning suite. It is wondrous music by whatever medium, Ball first wrote it as a choir piece, then for band, and now I offer it with piano. Not difficult, approx. 2:10.
Dearest And Best - For Clarinet and Piano. The title comes from a line of the song illustrated here, The Old Rugged Cross. The only difficulties are conceptual and perhaps the use of the sostenuto pedal, which some pianos don't have. approx. 2:50. Dedicated to Jean Christiana Marion Getz. Click it for a Clarinet Playing it
I hear You Calling Me - This old love song by Charles Marshall was made famous by the great singing minstrel, John McCormack, later by Sousa's trombone soloist and for many years was a favorite of Colonel Carl J. Lindstrom of The Salvation Army. The only difficulties are lyrical and range as it ends very softly on a high C. Here it is offered for trombone, but other possibilities exist. approx 3:55.
I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You - This Dorsey favorite is here presented in a lower key to get aspiring young Dorsey's going. No real difficulties. approx. 2:10.
I'm In His hands - This lovely song by the late Stanley Ditmer is treated here with a positive touch that underscores who's hands we are in. Not difficult, approx. 2:30.
In The Rock I'll Hide - This little solo is based on this chorus. It is underpinned by and accompaniment of horn fifths. Not difficult, approx. 1:20.
Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross - This uses a beloved old secular tune adopted by the church for the familiar words. It is a moody treatment that ends in total peace. Not difficult, approx. 3:20.
Londonderry Air - This if for two euphoniums or trombones with piano. Other than sporting two high C's (concert pitch) it is not very difficult. Approx. 2:00.
None But The Lonely Heart - This Tchaikovsky favorite is written for low brass that can play high. Overall it is not difficult, but it sports a high Db (concert) at a very crucial place. Approx. 2:30.
Nothing But Thy Blood - Nothing But Thy Blood Can Save Me is the theme of this moody little piece. The accompaniment stretches the limits of modulation to provide a fresh look at every phrase of this gem of a tune. Approx. 3:00. Dedicated to Brigadier Robert Getz.
Nun Danket - The traditional chorale is treated here to make a young soloist look good. Not difficult, approx. 1:40. For Robert Christian Jennings Getz
Precious Name - Take The Name of Jesus With You is the invitation of this solo written in the style of the late great Erik Leidzen. Not difficult, approx.2:45. Dedicated to Colonel Douglas E. Norris. (Click here to hear it on clarinet) (will take a few minutes to load)
Reckon On Me - Reckon On Me Following Thee are the opening words of the chorus of this gem of a Salvation Army song. The accompaniment is quite independent of the solo. Not difficult, but quite moving. Approx. 3:45. Dedicated to Bramwell Tripp.
Refuge - Beneath The Cross Of Jesus is the refuge spoken of here. Rocking arpeggios support a placid rendering of the melody. Not difficult, approx. 2:40.
Robes of White - Bernard Smith wrote this for the redoubtable alto horn soloist Howard Chesham in 1935. It is as fresh today as then. I created a piano accompaniment from the band score to make it available to more people. It is very difficult, but well worth the effort. Approx. 3:50.
Silent Night - This treats the tune as a lullaby. It is not very difficult, but takes a few turns you won't hear elsewhere. approx. 3:15.
Stand Up For Jesus - This solo was written by Emil Aanderud. A young man was to play it for a solo competition and could not locate the original music (out of print) which was required by the judges. So I created a new "original", Emil's solo and my accompaniment. The variations are straight forward and, thus, accessible to any youngster with ambition. Not very hard, approx. 2:10.
Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein - This was Bach's last composition, written literally on his death bed just before he died. He dictated it to his son-in-law! The two sets of words associated with the chorale are When we are in the time of utmost need and Before Thy Throne I Stand. How fitting an end for such a life! Study of the construction will reap great rewards. Serenity might be a good name for it. Not overly difficult other than the demands for sustaining through phrases. Also available for brass band, quartet, quintet or with piano or organ accompaniment. Approx.3:50. Dedicated to Tom Gabrielsen. Hear it with trumpet and organ
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