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By Betty Vanderwielen
Pathfinder 

Euphoniums and tubas alternate solemn and big bop sounds

 

February 17, 2022

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Four of the seven tuba players are dwarfed by their huge instruments.

SEELEY LAKE – The overhead stage lights of the Seeley-Swan High School auditorium bounced off the bronze cone-shaped bells of seven tubas and five euphoniums Feb. 13 as University of Montana Euphonium and Tuba Consort performed for a crowd of more than 40 people (on Super Bowl Sunday!).

According to Conductor Benedict Kirby, a tuba has a five-octave range, starting lower than the sound a piano can play. Its smaller cousin, the euphonium, starts an octave higher and has a four and a half octave range. The low tones are well suited to solemn arrangements such as Franz Biebel's "Ave Maria"...



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