Publicado em Agosto de 2014 pela AvA Musical Editions
Partes disponíveis em Clave de Fá (em Dó) em Clave de Sol (em Sib)
Obra imposta na Categoria B da Matosinhos' International Competition 2014, da Categoria "Juvenil" do Concurso Internacional de Instrumentos de Sopro "Terras de La Salette" 2015, 2018, do I Concurso Internacional de Sopros organizado pelo Conservatório do Vale do Sousa em 2016 e da Categoria Infantil do 1º Concurso da Associação Portuguesa de Tubas e Eufónios
O primeiro andamento “Let’s play” trata-se de uma brincadeira rítmica pela alternância e sobreposição de diferentes métricas.
De seguida, “Water Ripples” pretende ilustrar as pequenas ondulações que ocorrem na água, sendo baseada numa sequência de acordes. O tempo lento deste andamento faz com que seja uma boa peça para trabalhar o controlo da respiração e fraseado.
Por fim, “Rag” é um ragtime, óptimo para trabalhar swing e mudanças de registo.
A welcomed original work for young euphoniumists is Portuguese composer/horn player Ricardo Matosinhos' Low Horn Suite. Born in 1982, Ricardo studied horn at the Professional School of Music (Esproarte), Mirandela, Portugal and at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Oporto, Portugal. He currently teaches at ARTAVE/CCM and at Academia de Música de Costa Cabral in Portugal.
Low Horn Suite was originally composed to be played on the B-flat side of the horn, its range allows it to be easily adapted for younger low brass players. It was the required solo work for the 2014 Matosinhos International Competition. It is the ideal length for young players to use for the various Solo and Ensemble Festivals and Competitions. It has three short movements that total approximately 7:00. "Let's Play!" is a short work that has a repeated theme with a few meter changes inserted to give it the characteristics of, as the composer states, a rhythmical joke. "Water Ripples" is in 12/8 and is a slower tempo to help emulate the movement of rippling water. Although the phrases are not marked, the composer suggests that this movement will be a nice work for practicing breath control and phrasing. "Rag" is a short work that has a catchy theme with a jazz-feel. The eighth notes are swung, so style may confuse some younger players. There are a few articulations that will be helpful for the younger players' interpretation, but it would be more effective if there were better marked phrase markings.
Outstanding additions to this work are the play-a-long files that can beDOWNLOADED from the publisher's website. This will likely prove to be useful for practice purposes and may also be used for a performance if a pianist were not available. Although the lower range of this work can be alluring to younger students, please note that some of the complex rhythms will present a bit of a challenge for some players. The layout and paper quality of the music are excellent and there are bass clef and B-flat treble clef parts included.
~Dr. Gail Robertson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba, Euphonium, and Jazz - University of Central Arkansas, Willson International Euphonium Artist, SymbiosisDuo