from: Lied Center's "Free at 6" (12/03/04)

Night Song for Euphonium and Taped Synthesizer (1989) by Neil Corwell
(Notes by the composer)

As a brass musician with a fascination for both synthesizers and composition, it was only natural that one day I would decide to combine these three musical loves. Night Song, a piece for solo euphonium accompanied by a pre-recorded synthesizer tape, was my first effort in this genre. Unlike many pieces for solo instrument with synthesizer, the music is tonal, and the synthesizer is NOT used merely as a source of bizarre sound effects. Instead, analog and digital synthesis techniques are utilized as a means of expanding the timbral palette available to the composer in support of the featured instrument. Night Song was premiered in 1989.

Neal Corwell (b. 1959) holds music degrees from Frostburg State (B.S.), George Mason University (M.A.) and the D.M.A. from the University of Maryland. From 1981 until 1989, Neal served as a featured euphonium soloist with the Pershing's Own, The US Army Band in Washington, D.C. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Shepherd College and is a euphoniumist in the acclaimed professional low brass ensemble, Symphonia. He is a published composer and arranger with his specialty being music for brass solo instruments with synthesizer accompaniment.