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Junior High Solos

2nd and 3rd year students; more complex, but limited range.

English Suite

composer: Fitzgerald, Bernard (editor)
title: English Suite
publisher: Presser
level: Junior High
range: f’’
description: This suite is comprised of five short pieces:

Prelude (British Grenadiers and Rule Britannia)
Aria (My Lovely Cecilia)
Pastorale (Greensleeves)
Andante (Polly Oliver)
Finale (The Jolly Miller and Begone Dull Care).

Most lists require the student to play two contrasting movements instead of all five. The range and technical levels are very much appropriate for the 2nd and 3rd year student, plus the traditional melodies are easily made musical by the young player. The Prelude (British Grenadiers and Rule Britannia) offers the biggest challenge to finger and articulation technique, but it is a favorite amongst students because it is simply fun.


Suite in Three Movements from Variations for Violin on themes of Tartini

composer: Corelli, Arcangelo (ed. by Ronald C. Dishinger)
title: Suite in Three Movements from Variations for Violin on themes of Tartini
publisher: Medici Music Press
level: Junior High / High School Intermediate
range: g"
description: In a three-movement, fast – slow – fast, format, this Baroque suite is musically well-constructed. The first movement presents the opportunity to use “terraced dynamics” on its lively themes while the second movement is very lyrical and the third movement is dance-like. Students often perform only the first two movements for solo festivals.

Suite in Bb Major

composer: Corelli, Arcangelo (1653-1713) (ed. by Maganini)
title: Suite in Bb Major
publisher: Edition Musicus
level: Junior High / High School Intermediate
range: b’’ (optional c’’’)
description: This suite is made up of six short pieces by Corelli: Sarabande, Interlude, Gavotte, Arioso, Allemanda, and Gigue. The Arioso is a lyrical piece, while the others are based upon traditional Baroque dances, of which, the Sarabande is also slow and melodic. In reference to the range requirements, the higher notes are indicated that they can be played down an octave in many cases, but the required high notes may present a challenge to younger students. The suite is definitely challenging, but musically very rewarding.

Carnival Petite

composer: Cimera, Jaroslav
title: Carnival Petite
publisher: Belwin
level: Junior High
range: g’’
description: Anyone who has ever hear the famous Carnival Variations by J. B. Arban or Herbert L. Clarke would recognize this simple version in similar, “virtuoso” cornet style. It begins with a short cadenza, followed by the famous Carnival melody and three variations upon that melody. Variation 1 consists of lots of scale-like 8th-note “runs;” the 2nd variation is features chromatic runs as well; and the 3rd variation is made up of 16th-note runs, ending with a short cadenza. This solo is for the technically gifted youngster who would love to play the adult version of Carnival. This is also a great opportunity for the student to experiment with the cornet-solo style.

A Trumpeter's Lullaby

composer: Anderson, Leroy
title: A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
level: Junior High/ High School Intermediate
range: a’ '
description: Leroy Anderson’s most-often-played pieces include his Sleigh Ride, Buglers’ Holiday, and Trumpeter’s Lullaby. The Lullaby consists of a very attractive melody that is not too technically difficult. It requires clear articulation and may be a good piece with which to learn double-tongue technique. It also contains one short, cadenza-like spot and one instance of triple-tonguing (at the end). What fun!

Italian Suite

composer: Fitzgerald, Bernard (editor)
title: Italian Suite
publisher: Presser
level: Junior High / High School Intermediate
range: f"
description: This suite is comprised of four vocal works in minor keys by four different Italian Baroque composers:

Allegro by Alessandro Scarlatti
Allegretto (Sebben, Crudele) by Antonio Caldara
Andante by S. DeLuca, and
Danza by Francesco Durante.

Each part has great melodic content without too much technical difficulty or high range.The first movement presents the biggest finger technique challenge, the second, the biggest musicianship challenge. If you are not interested in playing the complete suite, pair the first two or the last two.


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