Sometimes called the “cello of the band,” the euphonium is a baritone-voiced instrument many have never heard of, much less heard. The tuba is better known, but generally not as a solo instrument. On Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 11:30 a.m., the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) will present a rare opportunity to hear both instruments performed by a master, Matt Tropman.
Tropman is tuba/euphonium instructor at the University of Arizona and an active freelancer, clinician, soloist and recitalist. A New York Times review praised his latest commercially-released CD, stating “Tropman makes a serious case for the euphonium as a solo instrument.” He received master’s and doctoral degrees in euphonium and tuba performance, respectively, and has performed with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber groups including the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own), the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony.
Tropman’s program is eclectic, incorporating a variety of musical styles. On tuba he will perform “Rhythming with Air and Hammers” by Jerry Grant, a jazz musician and composer best known for film scores; and Jacques Casterede’s “Sonatine for Saxhorn,” originally written for the bass saxhorn, a brass instrument developed by the inventor of the saxophone. On euphonium Tropman will perform Samuel Barber’s haunting arrangement of the vocal classic, “The Last Rose of Summer,” and a suite of “transcendental etudes” originally written for trumpet by Theo Charlier, recently published with piano accompaniment by Jean-Marie Cottet.
Tropman will be accompanied by a longtime favorite of ASA audiences, pianist Elena Miraztchiyska.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer