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A Sunday Excursion

composer: Bradshaw, Robert J.
title: A Sunday Excursion
publisher: Beauport Press Music Publications
level: High School Intermediate/Advanced
range: G''

A Sunday Excursion is a delightful and fresh composition from the ever-brass-friendly Robert J. Bradshaw. Composed for flugelhorn and piano, this piece also works well on trumpet.

With solid lyrical melodies at modest tempos, this composition allows a sense of independent freedom, where both performers can develop the nuances of phrasing and expression. The cohesiveness of the two parts makes for several wonderful ensemble moments.

The composer clearly displays tempo and style indications throughout. With practical range and ample points of resting for the flugelhornist, the piece is accessible for many developmental levels. The piano part maintains "vertical rhythm" during the flugelhorn rests.

Pedagogical opportunities for the student and teacher include addressing phrasing, maintaining tempo and rhythmic integrity, and navigating modest 4/4, 3/4, meter shifts.

A Sunday Excursion is an excellent choice for the developing student, but also has plenty of musical substance for a "change of pace" selection on a collegiate recital.

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