For Solo Euphonium
Analyse and Interpret was originally written in 2006 as a sister piece to Waiting for a Pain Hit!??!!? Along with Pain Hit, it was my first composition since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The piece remained unplayed until 2013, when several euphonium players asked me if I had an unaccompanied work they could use.
After a major reworking, the piece, in its current form, was premiered by James McLeod at the RWCMD. It was later recorded by David Thornton and featured on his solo recording, Parallel Realities.
Analyse and Interpret is written without bar lines and without any performance directions – the aim for this being to give as much musical freedom to the performer as possible. Indeed, the title gives a concise explanation for my hopes for the piece – study it and make it your own!
– Paul McGhee