Euphonium or Tenor Tuba

Euphonium or Tenor Tuba

non-compensating Euphonium range

compensating Euphonium range

As the Euphonium is almost entirely a band instrument, it has been neglected by most orchestration texts.  I will try and rectify this and cover as much detail as possible.  The Euphonium is one of the quintessential band instruments.  Every band will have at least one Euphonium player (and possibly a whole section of them).  However, its use in the orchestra is highly limited. Continue reading “Euphonium or Tenor Tuba”

Flügelhorn

Flügelhorn or Soprano Tuba

flugelhorn range

4-valve flugelhorn range

Most of us think of the Flügelhorn as a big, fat trumpet, but the reality is that it bears no relation to the trumpet family whatsoever.  The Flügelhorn is a Soprano Tuba, as it possesses the constant increase in its bore from mouthpiece to bell that signifies a true tuba.  While the Flügelhorn may be a member of the tuba family, it is always played by a trumpeter.  This relates to the rule of thumb of brass players doubling not members of their instrument’s family, but other instruments of the same pitch class. Continue reading “Flügelhorn”