Solos

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Bb Instrument (treble clef) and Piano

Adagio from Chorale No.3 by Cesar Franck, arr. James Moule
Best suited to cornet or flugel but playable on any Bb pitch instrument. This a haunting melody, highly chromatic. Excellent as a Slow Melody piece in a contest. Not technically difficult but needs a mature player to bring out the pathos.
A new version was uploaded in 2021, doubling the note values, addressing problems of eligibility in Slow Melody contests.
Duration: about 2'30"

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Allegro Appassionato by Saint-Saens
Fiery concert / contest piece transcribed from a piece for 'cello. Suitable for baritone or euphonium. Demonstrates an extensive pitch range, making this very difficult. Duration: 3 mins 45s.

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Ballinderry Rhapsody by James Moule
Commissioned as a 21st birthday present for a very fine young euphonium player, this piece is also suited to Bb cornet and baritone. Based on an Irish folk tune, it soon develops into a jig, punctuated by reflective moments. Gaelic harmonies are featured, including deliberate consecutive fifths. Moderately difficult. Duration: 2 mins 30s.

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Ballinderry Rhapsody (Flugel version) by James Moule
This version of the previous piece is in Eb concert pitch and has a g' as its highest note.
Based on an Irish folk tune, it soon develops into a jig, punctuated by reflective moments. Gaelic harmonies are featured, including deliberate consecutive fifths. Used by the winner of Under 15 Flugel at 2013 NSW Championships. Moderately difficult. Duration: 2 mins 30s.

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"Bourree" from English Suite No.2 by J.S. Bach, arranged James Moule
Solo version of quintet / quartet version of the same piece. Intermediate difficulty. A little over one minute long.

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"Havanaise" (opening theme) by Camille Saint-Saens, arranged James Moule
Written for solo melody competitions, this piece is excellent for demonstrating good tone over a wide range and is difficult because of that. Duration: 2' 10'.

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"Lament" from Mocba Rock by James Moule
Slow serenade for euphonium with piano accompaniment. Also available as a quartet on this site. Not difficult. Duration: 2 mins 45s.

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"Little Grey Home in the West" by Hermann Lohr, arranged by James Moule
This is an excellent concert piece or slow melody contest piece for Bb instrument, testing the range of the player and promoting sensitive playing.
Also available as a duet on this site. Duration: 2 minutes

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"Marching Song" by Gustav Holst, arranged by James Moule
This is an excellent concert or contest piece for Bb cornet, testing the range of the player and demonstrating a variety of styles. Duration: 4 minutes

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"Sweet is the Breath of Early Morn" by Samuel Reay, arranged by James Moule
Reay was an English composer of the late 19th Century, famous for part songs. Originally in four parts, this version allows the 1st Cornet partt of the quartet on this site to be played with piano accompaniment.
Nicely pitched for intermediate players and suitable for contests.
Easy. Duration: 2'50".

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"Thine Be the Glory" by Handel, arr. Derek Moule
Easy. Duration: 1 minute.

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"What Did You Expect?" by James Moule
First concert piece for inexperienced player. Easy. Duration: 1 min 30s.

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Eb Instrument (treble clef) and Piano

"Away in a Manger" Christmas carol by Martin Luther, arr. Derek Moule
Easy.

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Aria: "Tornami a vegheggiar" from "Alcina" by Handel, arr. James Moule
Soprano cornet solo, demonstrating extensive range. Quite difficult and suitable for contests. This was revised and transposed down one tone in April 2019.
Used by Zachary Sharples in winning Under 15 Soprano Cornet in the NSW Solo and Party Championships in 2019. Duration: 2 mins 10s.

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"In Cellar Cool"by Ludwig Fischer, arranged by James Moule
Slow melody for Eb Bass. This is taken from the quintet on this site but with piano accompaniment. Bass clef readers can play from the piano score. Great novelty piece. Not difficult but finishes on a pedal note. Duration: 1 mins 50s.

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"Deep River"Traditional African-American spiritual, arranged by James Moule
Slow melody for Eb Bass, euphonium, trombone, etc with piano accompaniment. TC and BC parts provided. Not difficult. Duration: 1'40".

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Sicilienne from Concerto Grosso RV 565 by Vivaldi, arranged by James Moule
Lyrical song for soprano cornet (or Eb Horn) with piano accompaniment. Suitable for Slow Melody events.
Duration: 2'30".

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Baritone BC&TC, Eb Tenor horn, Bb cornet

"Il Bacio" by Luigi Arditi, arr. Derek Moule.
This piece was one of the earliest to be placed on this website. It was revised in a better scoring program in 2016.
This is an exciting display piece for concert or contest. Solo parts are provided for Bb and Eb instruments, as well as concert pitch for those who really like ledger lines. Quite high for Bb instruments. Well pitched for tenor horn but the piece will lack power on a tenor horn. Plenty of challenges.
Duration: About 3'20".

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Bb and Eb Instruments (treble clef) and Piano

"Hot Crossed Buns" by James Moule
Novelty piece, suitable for concerts and contests. Designed to be played by a very young intermediate standard player. Sounds more difficult than it is. Two accompaniments are provided so the solo part remains the same for both Bb and Eb instruments.
Duration: 2'30"

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"Largo" from Xerxes by Handel, arranged by James Moule
Used by Lauren Moule on euphonium to win Open Slow Melody event at Sydney Metropolitan Championships 2005. Tenor horn version used by Dean Hou to win Under 11 Sydney Metropolitan Championships 2009. Quite difficult on eupho because of sustained high notes. Tenor horn version is suitable for juniors.
Duration: 2'30".

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Mikado's Song by Arhtur Sullivan, arranged by James Moule
Famous song transposed to a civilised key for brass with a little variation added. Not difficult.
Parts in concert pitch (BC), and TC for Eb Bass and Bb brass provided.
Duration: 2 minutes

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"Mother Machree" by Ernest Bell, arranged by James Moule
Short Slow Melody contest piece, testing the range of the player and giving the opportunity to demonstrate rubato. Two accompaniments are provided so the solo part remains the same for both Bb and Eb instruments.
Duration: 1'45"

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"La Reve" from Manon by Jules Massenet
Versions for baritone, tenor horn and trombone BC are provided, played with the same accompaniment. Consequently, the Bb version has several very high notes. Even the Eb version covers a wide range so these are excellent slow melody pieces for contests, as well as being wonderful concert pieces. This famous aria comes from Act 2 of the opera. Soloists should listen to the many recordings on YouTube in order to get the right mood.
Duration: 2'15".

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Song Without Words Op.30 No.3 by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by James Moule
Slow contemplative, hymn-like piece, suitable for slow melody contests. Fairly easy for Bb instruments but tenor horn version is quite high. Duration: 1'45".

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Springtide (Der Fruhling) Op.33 No.2 by Edvard Grieg, arranged by James Moule
Slow contemplative, emotional piece, suitable for slow melody contests. Fairly easy and comfortably pitched. Versions for Bb and Eb instruments are provided. Duration: 3'25"

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"Softly Wakes my Heart" from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens, arranged by James Moule
Beautiful slow operatic aria, suitable for concerts or contests. Available for euphonium or tenor horn with piano accompaniment in appropriate key. Duration: 2 mins 25s.

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