The performance is by the Dodworth Saxhorn
Band, formed in 1985, and here conducted by Paul Eachus.
Concerto grosso, pour euphonium on saxhorn
en ut ou en si[flat], percussions, et harmonie de chambre (1995).
La folia, pour euphonium ou saxhorn
basse en ut ou en si[MUSICAL NOTES NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] et piano ou clavecin.
There are occasional errors in editorial commentary, as in the specification "[u]se of the saxophone," rather than saxhorn
, in Halevy's Le fuif errant (online record ID 1852djm0180-11).
Unfortunately, conservatories did not as yet have permanent teachers of band instrumentation, so while the graduates may have been technically prepared, they had little practical knowledge, especially with regard to new instruments such as saxhorns
, saxophones, and lower brass.
Patterned after the Canadian village and factory bands of the turn of the previous century, the "Plumbing Factory Brass Band" is the successor to my pre-Confederation era re-enactment groups that used obsolete instruments such as over-the-shoulder saxhorns
and keyed bugle.
He needed something with the flexibility of saxhorns
and the sound of the lur.