Corrections added by Brassworks 4 Publishing are in italics
Volume 34 Number 2 - Winter 2007
Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1778 and died in 1837. The Sonata for Euphonium and Piano, Op. 104 was originally written for cello and piano. Fred Broer edited the cello part. There have been some additions by the editor for the euphonium to equalize the balance.
One unique aspect of this work is that the editor also includes performance notes covering the following topics: turns, pedaling, tempo, other embellishments, dynamics, articulations, and special notes. These three pages of notes are useful and add to the success of the work
This three-movement work is a very challenging piece for both the performer and the accompanist. The movement titles are "Allegro amabile e grazioso," "Romanza," and "Rondo." The range of the solo is from e 2 down to C, very demanding to say the least. The work is also long enough to place endurance demands on the soloist.
Mr. Broer has done a superb job of interpreting two different source materials and taking the guesswork out of performing a transcription. This solo will challenge even the most accomplished performer as only Hummel can. I would highly recommend this arrangement to all who are looking for a major sonata.
~Kelly Thomas, University of Arizona